on a woman’s body is a map
and there are twenty-two thousand ways
for me to trace my destination.
i’ll find you in darkness
we’ll form a nest of dusk under the wings of the moon
my hands will walk over you,
from your cheeks, to your mouth,
to the farmland on your bosom,
i’ll pass the narrow lane in between
do not mind if i grip and feel the ridges.
my palms will travel over you
grope gently over your abdomen
down to your hidden navel,
my tongue will make footpaths
from your navel down, down, and down
no noise, silent moan,
we must not wake the silent night
and when my finger dives into you
i trust you’ll hold tight the mattress
thrust out your waist, fantasize your moans
tell me not to stop, tell me ‘please, keep travelling over my body.’
these are ways to spell love on your body.
Ololade Akinlabi Ige is a young Nigerian poet, a graduate of OAU. He was a nominee for Nigeria Writers Award 2017 and a two time winner of Poet in Nigeria 10-day poetry Challenge. He emerged as second runner up in Youth Shades international poetry contest in 2017. He was shortlisted for Albert Jungan poetry prize in 2018. Same year, he won the last edition of Ken Egba Poetry prize organized by PIN.