He gallops into my dream every night
Carrying sprinkles of stars on his polished armor as though a heavenly knight.
He would join me in the waterbed,
And we would swim till I hear the morning birds
And wake with my pants wet and dripping.
But back in reality, he never returns my stare.
He sweeps by like I was not there,
His eyes always masked in those sparkling sunshades.
Their glints in the sun ignite me ablaze—
A pseudo cause to my charred fate.
Still, I like to think;
Perhaps behind those glasses is the same fire;
Maybe under those piles of straight cloths is the same desire;
Maybe he always looked back, but only when my gaze was away;
That “I love you” is what he always parted his mouth to say
Before remembering that that feeling is contraband,
That this is Nigeria and, like him, I am a Man.
Godwin Ebuka is a graduate of Philosophy from the University of Abuja Nigeria. He was born in Zaria, Kaduna State to parents from Nnewi-South in Anambra State. He is a poet, a screen-writer, a political commentator, and an entrepreneur currently based in Abuja.