POEM Tim Fab-Eme

NWR Issue 119

You're Not Your Father's Child

Your mother knows how to domesticate men;
how to steal them with her thighs
how to pump their egos like tyres
and roll them into a place where
lust is a desert of half-made things
how to counterfeit love the way our
party people parboil promises in ballot boxes
how to show them, that we, too

are beings in need of high alters
how to make them crawl as toddlers
searching for love in a crocodile’s mouth
how to tell them that their wives
are sticks, to try her, to share...


Tim Fab-Eme writes about nature, identity, exploitation and intimacy. His poetry has appeared in the Malahat Review. Tim studied engineering at the Niger Delta University; he lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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