By Ehizogie Iyeomoan

 

You can’t come to Abuja
Without leaving your stories on her rocky pages
You can’t hide your eyes and nose from the
Razzmatazz
Of that car park around eagle square
Where local cuisines speak in multi tongues
And hunger vanishes at the sight of
Assorted dishes printed on green menu lists

You’ll first see your face on the leaves of this
City
Before she finally wraps you in her cold arms
Like kolanuts in fresh cocoyam leaves
Leaving your skin in the softness and freshness
Of your coming

And if perchance your beauty radiates like the
Sun
You’ll stroll out one day to see you fixed and
Smiling
In a notice board, with a bottle of anything in
Your hand
Or maybe see you standing in an artist’s road
Side gallery
Where someone you never knew
Would pay to have you without your consent

So welcome to my capital city, mon ami
Where laughter is an art in three dimensions
Where power seats still on the air with a
Horsewhip
Like a horseman on a horseback prepared for
Durban

Welcome to Abuja, my dear friend
And please before you return to your country
Do remember to leave your stories on our rocky
Pages
For we’ll be needing them for the records, and
For our children crazy to see a white man’s
Autograph

About the poet:
Ehizogie Iyeomoan (b. 1990) is a poet, pencil artist and collector of autobiographies. His poems have been published by Kalahari Reviews; Korea-Nigeria transnational poetry anthology; Write Paragraphs, Lyriversity, Word Rhymes & Rhythm, Bukrepublik… He participated in OSIWA poets residency in Dakar, Senegal. His poem, Fulani boy has been translated into Italian and French. Ehizogie won the Korea-Nigeria poetry feast gold prize, March 2015. Fulani boy also got the “targa alut” prize in the Castello do Diuno poetry competition, 2015. He writes from Hadejia, Jigawa State, where he is currently serving the nation, Nigeria, as a youth corper. He is the author of flames-of-the-forest, a collection of poems. He blogs @ http://iyeomoan.blogspot.com and can be followed on twitter @Iyeomoan_Emma and http://facebook.com/ema.ternity.
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