First assignment: Underline the words that describe you. My father has a hunchback for beauty. Gunshot in Borno— girls do not know how to smile. Last summer, like before, the sun is an assault in the mouth of a dwarf Jamal threw a rock at my pelvis, Simi fell in love, so she sang Complete me. This is a type of poem for ghosts. Sometimes, when I try to cry, I am often betrayed by my tears Second Assignment: Use those words to form the mouth of a poem. The language of our grief is a hunchback with the body of a gunshot. Like, the sun is an assault in the mouth of a dwarf. You throw a rock at God; spit at Him; and you tell him why His ghost is the constant recycle of your tears. Third Assignment: Go to your lover; show her the scars on the walls of your skin and sleep.
Shitta Faruq Adémólá is a young Nigerian poet and a member of Frontiers Collective. He’s the author of two poetry books and has works appearing or forthcoming in Lolwe, Harbour Review, Jalada Africa, Icefloe Press and elsewhere. Say hi on Twitter @shittafaruqade1
D L Beauchamp is a writer and photographer living in a small town in Ontario CANADA. Ms. Beauchamp enjoys photographing nature.