“Window,” by D.M. Aderibigbe

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Poetry by D.M. Aderibigbe from our Summer 2017 issue.


When I open the window,
my grandma’s yard lightens the morning.

The other side of the window:
two chubby gods build their lives
with jollof rice and sparkling water.

A boy whose bones will rust in a few days
sitting alone, thinks and thinks—
hunger, such a righteous disease.

Hunger, such a righteous disease.
Sitting alone, thinks and thinks
a boy whose bones will rust in a few days.

With jollof rice and sparkling water
two chubby gods build their lives.
The other side of the window:

my grandma’s yard lightens the morning,
when I open the window.


Image: Cook, Howard. “Window Plants.” 1931. Wood engraving on paper. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

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