i was always a lad who finds it
hard to decipher

the chemistry that crayoned him
into a figure.

Onono, the night I watched you undress
the moon naked

in the ripeness of your banana skin
was a world into things.

fire spread wide across me,
consuming my body,

as a branch into it shot the moon
to the height of Kilimanjaro,

spattering a bonfire liquid.

bewilderment stretched my eyes wide
and i stood scouring my heart

into fathoming how a river holds
a wildfire.

but you touched me — Onono, you
touched me,

Onono you touched a body
housing fire.

and the sacredness of your touch
drowned us into lust;

and in between groping & canoodles,
motions & sweat, moans & tears

my heart became an encyclopedia
housing myriad of answers

in the mystery knotted in the cozy body
of a black girl.


Etudaye Musa Abdulazeez, 22, is a Mass Communication graduate of Bayero University, Kano; a social advocate who finds freedom and voice in writing poetry and other genres of writing. He has been published in The Collidescope, Arts Loungency, The Campus Watch, Daily Trust, Qwenu and other few literary journals. His poem, “A Song of Grief in the Pandemic” won the June and maiden edition of the Fodio Data Stipend for Poetry. He hails from Okene, Kogi State but presently lives in the ancient city of Kano where he writes from. He can be found on Facebook as Etudaye Musa Abdulazeez and Twitter @Etudaye_MA.

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