By Abdulafeez Olaitan

after Akpa Arinzechukwu

ok let’s tell this joke upside down:
a footballer catches the globe in
his mouth & swallows it before
hitting the dust. it is really funny
that a man has to dribble himself
to death to shine.
it is even funnier
that death rejects the man—the one
who takes no joke. all the cosplayers
trapped in an endless cycle of misery
like clowns in dancing circuses.

chandeliers glowing in the locker
rooms. moonlit faces hidden in the
innermost parts of the pitch but
none was able to see . . ./ darkest
faces struggling to swallow light.

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