He gave back my father’s head by Zakiyyah Dzukogi
a boy from the chalet
is here to slice off
my father’s head.
I’ll follow him to the pantry
he’s keeping my father,
into eyes’ night
and the boat moving backwards
with my father’s head.
do not allow our boat drift out to sea
nor will you swallow what I thought was a dream.
do not give off my god- don’t drop it,
go away with my chip pan
and loose the poetry I use to grill,
I’ll enter from any door
and pour on his two legs
tap Him on the shoulder for me,
I’ve even laid before God—
give back my father’s head,
and so He did
Zakiyyah Dzukogi is a Nigerian poet. She has her works published or are forthcoming in Upwrite Nigeria, Artmosterrific chapbook, the Nigeria Review, INNSAEI Journal, Konyashamrumi, literature voices, Book o clock, corona blues, Poetry Tuesday, Heartlinks Magazine, PoetryColumn, Paradise on Earth International Anthology, Of shadows and rainbow anthology, piamvoices, and others. She’s a two times winner of the Nigeria Prize for Teen Authors. Zakiyyah is on Twitter @ZDzukogi and on instagram @zakiyyahdzukogi