1. My head is not an antenna you hit thrice before it picks up a frequency,
So stop hitting me,
I don't like it. I never have.
2. I imagine if I touched your lap
and let my fingerprints sink into your thighs,
Twenty-one pilots cannot save my life
from crashing into a police cell.
3. If I poke your back
and your bra accidentally slips off,
I imagine you would slap me, yell at me
and call me a rapist.
4. If I tell my friends, a girl slapped me,
they would laugh at me and call me stupid.
If you tell your friends, a guy touched your shoulders,
they would mourn with you and call for my funeral.
5. My head is also a part of my body
and I don't consent to such advances.
So please, stop hitting me.
Stop (sexually) harassing me.
Praise Uyioghosa Osawaru, also known as Wordsmithpraise, is a poet and writer of Young Adult fiction and creative non-fiction. His short story - CHOP CHOP was featured in Writers Space Africa (WSA) April 2019 Edition.
He is an undergraduate at the University of Benin.
He believes we're all writers of our lives story and encourages everyone to make their lives a best-seller. Praise also blogs about art & literature. His blog - www.wordsmithpraise.com features reviews, stories and poems.
Connect with him on social media, Instagram and twitter @wordsmithpraise.
they say I fantasize about death
why won't I?
when the only thing death knows
is to mingle and cling unto
our fragile fracas; only to yank
and drip it off and turning the dwelling
it once lived nimble?
why won't I laugh?
my chatter is laced in words and letters
which death can catch to snap off whenever
it has gotten the opportunity; which only
why won't I sigh?
the heaves in throats minces to the
waves which death molds it into;
which it controls when it leap to
heights which it only conquers once
why won't I be amused?
when death creases into forms to delve
into forests where my soul lies;
treading saliently on slippery paths
to steal the prized possession which
belongs to it?
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