On her knees In feverish prayer Again like the night before and the night before that Desperate for God to resolve That which is seemingly dissolving Before her very eyes As if in quick sand in a barren desert with no reprieve in sight That desperate frail thing kicking up sand Putting up a fight … Continue reading Deaf Prayers
So apparently I had been living in the states too long and I had no idea that dancing at my wedding was supposed to be a battle between myself and the groom. Now I was blessed that I brought with me to my wedding in Nigeria, one of my friends, and she was a very good … Continue reading Vexing
He was with me We moved together Breathed together Grew together And then there was her She came like a thirsty whirlwind during a peaceful night Unexpected Unwelcome Unseen She came for blood To her he was mere game She burrowed her way into his flesh Not his heart No, his lust She appealed to … Continue reading Gone
Osarieme strolled out of Mama Puts Buka her previously raging hunger satiated, at least for the time being. She was always hungry her body incessantly craving sustenance. She’d accepted it long ago but was certain there was more to it. Quite possibly she was eating her emotions letting the pleasure of food substitute a greater … Continue reading Esteem
In me I hold a secret A deep dark thing A thing that threatens to ooze out of me in public places I fear its existence and thus keep silent I’m certain the world has taken notice They see my change They prod, they inquire I don’t speak For fear that this secret may leak … Continue reading The Nature of Secrets
Hmm this is bigger than love I can’t breathe! Bring my asthma pump I can’t see Bring my spectacles I can’t live without him so you people should just kill me and then bring me back to life when he returns He said he’s quitting his job and that I should follow him to go … Continue reading A Satire on Love
I recall a time where they wouldn’t dare to be themselves, they’d cluster in corners and shroud themselves from the world A time where being themselves was met with severe aggression in many forms, particularly beatings by peers Where their jobs, and reputations were at risk and they could lose everything But now They parade … Continue reading 14 years!
Benin people of Edo State Uyioghosa stood feet from her in awe. She was lovely! She sat under a tree. Hmm what kind of female at UNIBEN would sit on grass under a tree. None of the fake Ajebor Aproko females he knew would ever try it. She was reading . He now had reason to speak with her. … Continue reading A Naija Love Story
“I am taking another wife” her husband nervously announced during a private dinner between the two of them that he specifically requested for. The children were eating in the kitchen with the house-help just for tonight. It was better that way, they wouldn’t understand. Ekpen gave no reaction. She seemed to be in … Continue reading Ekpens Miracle
Dupe danced the night away. She didn’t tire easily, this was probably attributed to the lines of cocaine she and her friends had inhaled before they arrived at the popular night club “Weapon” which was located in New York City on 14th Street in an unmarked building lined by construction awnings. Dupe couldn’t recall how … Continue reading Who Do I Know?
I battle with my past My intrusive, exciting, exotic, neurotic, possessive past The love I left behind taps my shoulder and trickles like a minor flood at the threshold of my mind coursing , seeping dampening I wipe feverishly hoping it leaves no stains on my bedroom floor I long for the syrupy sweet desire … Continue reading Anguish
This Nigeria that people spoke of was not the Nigeria she knew Nigeria was the welcoming scent of burning fire wood Firewood that cooked her favorite things, Suya, roasted fish, corn, bole and akara Nigeria was fat generous aunties who hugged you with omo scented wrappas bound about their bodies Nigeria was hot blazing dry … Continue reading Green White Green
The room was spinning, Aye only saw colors swirling about her, first yellow then black then red then a scattered mix of the colors. She heard her children shouting for help, it was a familiar cry. A sound that she had heard countless times before this time. She couldn’t decide whether the pounding sound … Continue reading No Next time
Posing at night on the road side Chewing her gum like a goat Cheap colored wig hoping to disguise her identity Hand on waist, gisting with her fellow creatures of the night Running up to unknown cars in cheap heels ready to snap on the broken pavement road Mistress of the night Customer of perversions … Continue reading Mistress of the Night
My phone rang again “Jeez! I’m trying to finish my work!” I muttered staring at the pile of reports that my company’s managing Director had just heaped up on my desk. It was a Friday morning and I was praying in my mind that God would punish her for not waiting till Monday to give me … Continue reading Arangee (Part 1)