• POETRY

SEUN FAKOYEDE | in registering a name







i check for a name’s availability so i don’t

violate the business’ trademark. God is taken


but i can be devil. you devil, my wife says

when i try on her mascara & wear her bra


to see how much of a woman i can translate

into. i dance to the harvest of happiness.


even when there is no need, i find myself

useful, check the names the ground feigns


it is unaware of, names which recently

have become available for use: my father’s.


the young boy who never came home

from school. crushed paper of a likely story.


to be young is to have today & even

tomorrow. i tell my sister when you name


your son, give him the one which doesn’t

die without love. a name stops working


if it’s called in a surrounding outside

its design envelope. name him Home


so he’ll remember the practice of returning.

or at least when they are reconstructing


the scene prior to his becoming a mishap

of a person, they’ll use the right inventory


to trace out his toe. name him an acronym

from the missing infants’ names. never mind


the name i find. the sell in a name is

those dots that keep competitors guessing.



Seun Fakoyede is a Nigerian writer and School Teacher whose work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Sand Magazine, Going Down Swinging (Pigeonholed), Slice Magazine, Bacopa Literary Review, Third Point Press, Stoneboat and Vinyl Poetry.