DM Aderibigbe

The wavering sky, erected on the summit of the
Swimming pool water
Glitters in her eyes.
A male swimmer, with smooth bumps running through
Both sides of his stomach, like a corrugated

Slate. The showboating swimmer,
Shows various styles of his
Talent. She pays notes of attention,
Not appreciation.

He does more, to coerce her to
Pay in, appreciation.
I, A crummy swimmer, but if words
Were water, I would probably have
Won more

Medals than any. She thinks
I’m a lairy hairy lad, but
She pays bills of smiles to my
Arrogance, and

Pays bills of kisses to my lips.
We can’t sleep at night, and will not
Let the night sleep.

She reads an anthology of heartbreaks to my
Ears, and begs me. Yes she begs me
Not to be crass to her feelings. Yes
She begs me not to be crass to her

Hole, when I’m on top of her on the
Cushion, and
She begs me not to be crass to her swinging
Tears, when I walk out on her, when
I walk out on my words.

No one spends a cash gift with prudence,
She’s a gift, a free gift. Why should
I deal with her
Not up to a year I do
My worst, my best,

My friend’s leitmotif,
“Not everything that is full of scuffs,
Is full of curses”

I’ve found 3 girls, yet I haven’t found
A girl, if I were to
Use her as a standard.





D.M Aderibigbe is a 23-year old Nigerian. An undergraduate student of
History and Strategic Studies of the University of Lagos. His poetry
and short fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in 9 countries
around the world, in such journals as; Wordriot, Ditch, Red River
Review, The Applicant, Kritya, Thickjam, The New Black Magazine, Black
Fox Literary Magazine, Commonline, Torrid Literature, Pyrokinection,
Jellyfish Whispers among others. He likes the poetry of Octavio Paz,
Seamus Heaney, Kamau Brathwaite, Ilya Kaminsky, Maya Angelou, Natasha
Trethewey, Naomi Shihab Nye, and the prose of Toni Morrison, Nurrudin
Farah, J.K Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, Helen Oyeyemi, and the Plays of
Wole Soyinka and Arthur Miller among others. A die hard Internazionale
FC fan. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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