The Children of Plenty Homes

The Children of Plenty Homes

  1. How do you tell the story
    of a boy lost in Lagos?
    Say in love; say gay;
    crushing the city into crystals
    evenly decorated with hate.
    Do you begin with phrases like
    ‘Once upon a time’, ‘In the land of myth’
    or do you run into the end?
    Maybe the story began with you
    screaming at a boy
    for tasting another boy’s heart,
    maybe it was the day
    mathematics was taught in church,
    a man and a woman would be one
    but a man and a man two.
    At the age of squirrels
    a boy in love learns to make a home
    in the eye of a mob;
    that is where legs bleed
    as gun shots deafen another boy;
    he has become an ant
    in the midst of feasting lizards,
    what is he to think of this place?
    Lagos is a death trap for boys
    who hunt in skin of others.
    He says he is Olumide
    but this place calls him fire; dead man;
    meaning he is not welcomed,
    he becomes one with the smoke
    and you run to greet his skin with water,
    only to become a lake of tears
    that your kind may drink from
    and become quiet as the night.
    How do you live again
    with the ashes of a lover in streets?
    But this is home; a city whose
    walls remain higher than a boy’s dream,
    maybe your story is a short history
    of God, waiting on hearts singing
    in darkness.

About the Author


Mbanefo Chibuike is a native of Abatete in Anambra State, Nigeria. He is fascinated by what happens to bodies; some love, then there's hate, leaving and death.

He lives & writes from Awka and his stories, poems on strange illnesses in Africa, societal flaws, love and death have been shortlisted or appeared in Okigbo Poetry, Poets In Nigeria Journal, Dwart Magazine, CFW Magazine and some other online writing platforms.

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