Body and Soul: Lost in Time by Titilayo Adeoye
Because Lagos holds his umbilical cord
he wears Eko garb
if Edo is to hold him down
will the Benin mask be his face?
if Benue river washes him
will he be the colour of their fish?
he bestrides Osun shrine to seek cyclical charms to define who he is
when time comes to call
Borno shall eat his flesh
what about his soul?
His nation shall never know
Titilayo Adeoye writes from Ibadan, Nigeria. Bits of her creative gem have appeared or are forthcoming on African Writer, Kalahari Reviews, Avocet Journal #204, thesparklewritershub.com, Bakwa Magazine, Sabinews, Praxis Magazine and elsewhere. She edits for Kraft Books, Ibadan, Nigeria. You can follow her on instagram @adeoyepelumi.