The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Amatesiro Dore: 1 Poem Published

Poem by Amatesiro Dore (Nigeria)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 44





Speak don’t act

Ask don’t march

Silence no shouts

Quiet no chants


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


Befriend the bullied

Hold fragile hands

Kiss him outside

Lion the cat


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.