BN Poetry Award: Un-man me, please by Samuel Oluwatobi (Nigeria)

This poem is shortlisted for BN Poetry Award.

the fangs of the night lust after my bones yeti reach out for that innocence

in the corridor of childhood

i have been staring as my stars burn into ashes that rain on my black hair

but it is sand that my hair hungers for

i want to sit at the storyteller’s feet
and ride on the back of the cunning tortoise

i thirst for the milk of the morning
and to make my daily bread from mother’s breasts

to be a man is to drown in the sea of your inner tears i don’t want to be a man again let me be that child whose cheeks glisten with tears

take me back to the beginning of breath…

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