She is a vagrant poem,
a cautionary tale,
an old story,
an open book.

Her belly opens
and pages fly from it.
Words fall to feet,
letters flood the floor,
questions mark her steps.

Like Sylvia, she straddles,
and stumbles.

Who will put her back
together again‌
What will bind her
and bring her to a close‌

AUTHORLola Shoneyin (in full, Títílọlá Atinúkẹ́ Alexandrah Shónẹ́yìn); born in Ibadan of Oyo State, Nigeria on Tuesday 26 February 1974).



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