Words are fragile,
and the consequences of dropping them
are very heavy,
especially on hardly-skeptical
“I believe everything” minds.
On the list of things that
should never be misused,
they come first.
Words open as many eyes as they shut.
They’ve permanently restored sights,
and at the same time,
caused too many to go blind.
Be careful of what you say and hear.
If you think you can,
If you think you can’t,
A group of detectives
that can’t properly detect thieves
because they are detechthieves*.
*detechthieves: the technical thieves
We’re very qualified,
but we’re not.
“Acceptable resumes should be printed on white A4s”,
but we are black ones.
Our experiences and skills are printed in white,
just like everyone else’s,
but that’s never enough.
They’ll get back to us,
but why wait for the “barks”?
Their backs are already turned at us;
they don’t hire the “darks”.
Paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (born 1977, UK)
Ládékojú is life; Ládékojú is death.
Before she puts death in your mouth,
she places life in your hands.
She is loving, sensual, sweet, seductive and kind,
but she’s not as meek as they make her seem.
She’s the gentlest but
the most dangerous of goddesses-
the one you don’t want to mess with.
When she is badly offended or hurt,
she laughs uncontrollably.
She walks by the offender
and makes goo-goo eyes;
she shakes her buttocks
and sways her hips.
She walks to the offender
and lets him see her beautiful, perky breasts.
She kisses him and places her head on his chest,
falls on her knees and licks her lips;
she holds his penis.
Then she closes her eyes
and licks the tip, round, like a lollipop,
and when he’s ready,
she bites into the penis as if it were a hot dog,
and cuts it into small parts.
She gets up, laughs again,
adjusts her head gear and strides away, proudly…