Poetry by Frank Njugi
/ Senegal – May 17, 2022 ; Three arrests after alleged homophobic
attack on foreigner ( africanews.com ) /
I take a photograph of my body as it performs
a requiem for a cousin whose accent makes
a cottonmouth sound like an iguana. What do
you call a skin peeled like a sardine, for loving
a fellow man, if not the reeving of a history;
if not a nautical seatback in a sea that reaves
kin of acumen. That’s why the picture is a
rear-view to my autoportrait as an indemnity
of a resistance; & my pores sing to the echo
of my zeroing in towards home….
/ SEATTLE – October 23, 2008 – A man was convicted in Seattle, USA
for stabbing his Kenyan girlfriend to death ( Capital News ) /
When an otter is domesticated with
the sentimentality of a feline,
that might imply the fraught sauntering
of our history as we squirm
amidst lumbar pains from carrying
the depths of a failed mortality.
So we read Emma Lazarus,
recite with valour ‘The New Colossus’
& flaunt our bereavement as the ekphrasis of a
caustic drop whose end is a trampoline of grief;
for there is a defamilarization from geography
that deceives a body in stasis of its elitism….
Frank Njugi (He/Him) is a poet, writer who writes from Kenya. He is a member of the editorial team at Salamander Ink Magazine and his work has appeared on platforms such as Roi Feineant press, 20.35 Africa, Kalahari Review, Konya Shamrusmi, Olney Magazine , Ibua Journal and others. He tweets as @franknjugi.
Originally published December 1, 2023