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Seven

February 2, 2018

 

 

Because I am black, I know it does not surprise you  

that I killed when I was seven: I killed a wall gecko 

because our mother was afraid of it

she tells me to hit it on the head, don’t let the tail fall 

she teaches me to be clinical with my executions 

our mother never says anything about jail 

each time I hit the head, the tail falls  

I did not tell mama of this  

she will tell me I have sinned 

she locks herself in the bathroom when I go to dispose 

the cadaver, she warns me not to bury it in the garden 

I fear that she fears it will grow on her day-lilies  

tell me, how old were you, when you learn to fear, 

to fear me? when will you learn to love the roll 

of my tongue?  

tell me, when will you learn to pray that this merry go round? 

 

 

 

 

Hussain Ahmed is a Nigerian writer. His poems are featured or forthcoming in Vinyl, Sakura Review, Public Pool, inter|rupture, Rise Up Review, One, and elsewhere

 

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