How To Wreak a City, poetry by Ojo Olumide Emmanuel at Spillwords.com

How To Wreak a City

How To Wreak a City

written by: Ojo Olumide Emmanuel

@OjoOlumideEmma2

 

what does it take to wreak a city?
strike a match, close your eyes &
watch as condolences shoot themselves
into a movie before your eyes.
in my village, summer is dry.
you could immerse yourself in a river
get out of it & before your legs reach
your neighbourhood, the water has been licked.
i once witnessed some boys who decided to hunt some rodents with fire.
they set a bush aflame,
sticks in hands, ready to chase…
& as the rodents scampered for safety from their holes
they followed their tails with sticks;
a few rodents savoured their tongues that day.
another day, they repeated their ritual
but this time, the spot was close to their neighbourhood.
as the rodents scampered & they scampered behind
they left the burning for a long chase…
the burning grasses extended handshakes to one another
until a wildfire announced itself inside…
again! what does it take to wreak a village?
strike a match, close your eyes &
watch as fire grows in leap & bound like a teenager.

Emmanuel Olumide Ojo

Emmanuel Olumide Ojo

Ojo Olumide Emmanuel is a Nigerian poet and book editor. He is the author of the poetry chapbook "Supplication For Years in Sands" (Polarsphere Books, 2021). His works have appeared and forthcoming at Ake Review, Feral, Quills, Poemify, Melbourne-Culture, TNR and elsewhere. He is the editor-in-chief of The Nigerian Review (TNR). He is a senior mentor at the Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation and he is a fellow of the SprinNG Writers Fellowship.
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