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The sky has moved down
To Ìlúpéjú, veiling houses, men, birds
And beasts with milky clouds. The streets
Are sparse with rushing feet. Few men
Walk like Bartimeaus, taking uncertain
Measured steps. Last night’s rain finds
The sun slumbering. Perhaps it has risen
But hides its face in the rain-filled
Breasts of the Calypsos of the sky. Suddenly
It breaks through—a gigantic sword of
Light stabbing through the thick hide
Of mist—unveiling Àjìún scooping
Muddy water from a roadside pothole.
The roving, lustful eyes of dogs and men
Congregating on her as she sheds the month’s
Dirt and grime off her naked flesh.

 

 

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About the Author:

IkeABC-1Barnabas Ikeoluwa Adeleke is primarily a haiku and senryu poet who has been published in reputable journals. He is deeply in love with nature and spends much time taking nature walk, meditating and taking photographs. He is also an artist experimenting with realism. Recently, he has taken up fiction writing and hopes to sharpen his skill at it. Barnabas is a member of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, USA and serves as the society’s ambassador to Nigeria. His published haiku can be found on the Living Haiku Anthology website.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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