Sea Boys


Egbo naa…

Which of the boys is a reed?

Along the edge of a pond is a desert

curved to its knuckles.

Which of the boys goes around with rain

bottled in a flask?

Sifting through a pile of waters

knotted into words and blue tongues,

blue like a whale, blue like a name

forced on a passage, I find a noise

from a dark cloud crying over a head.

Which of the boys has a relative

on the other side of the map?

Which of you walk the morning

with books tied to his tongue?



Wale Ayinla