The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Fiction from Mexico City

Amatesiro Dore: 1 Poem Published

Poem by Amatesiro Dore (Nigeria)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 44

 

 

Struggle

 

Speak don’t act

Ask don’t march

Silence no shouts

Quiet no chants

Or

Raise rainbow flag

Walk with the pride

Love that you are

Voice that you are

 

Avoid male chewing gums

Ignore broad day joys

Snitch on other saints

All your friends are straight

Or

Befriend the bullied

Hold fragile hands

Kiss him outside

Lion the cat

II

When to tell brothers

You don’t fancy them

But you can only

Love men, no female

 

Stepping out of shadows

Smiling under the sun

Admitting she caught you

Flirting with a man

 

Enjoying with rubbers

Regular testing or drugs

Loving only one man

Ignoring all other pokes

 

Staying behind to fight

Struggling for rights

To love and enjoy love

In dark places of birth

About the Poet

Amatesiro Dore is a 2009 alumnus of the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop; former Managing Editor of Vanguard Spark, imprint of Vanguard Newspapers; and 2015 Fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency. He has been published by Kwani?, Farafina, YNaija, The ScoopNG, Vanguard Newspaper, The Brittle Paper, Bakwa Magazine and The Kalahari Review.

Image: "Just Another Evening" by Bill Daly.