WO(MAN)NED (by Estrella Gada)

Untilled land is what I am A Virgin land stretching far beyond the borders; Thorns have found their home in me, Roots dig deep into the pit of my belly Intertwining with my innards; Shrubs have cast their shadows over my body Small patches and big patches of shades Leaves...

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NAKED WOMAN, BLACK WOMAN (a chant by Madu Chisom Kingdavid)

Naked Woman, Black Woman  Charcoal-colored mid-wife of the newborn sun; Symphonic spumes of Cuanza rippling on the eyeballs of crocodiles And the adder of tropical rain forest at the banquet of gustnado. You are that dark dimpled damsel with full-ripened breasts, Winding waist and hip of otter at Atulogwu moonlight dance Who perfectly answered the magic rhythms...

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I CALL YOU MUMMY

Though I curled not In the warmth Of your blessed womb, Nor sucked Life’s juice From your breasts, I call you mummy! Even though I rode not On your back, Nor fell asleep In the safety Of your arms, I call you mummy! Yours is the hand That puts bread...

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