Nigerian Student Poetry "Street cartographer" by Wazani Adamu Ijarafu

At dawn, Classroom boy goes for his bag...At night, As he watches the moon...

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A lady drawing a map

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At dawn

Classroom boy goes for his bag

Ready for school

The almajiri goes for his empty bowl

Ready to be schooled in the streets

 

He sets out chanting

Allah ya ba Ku, Ku ba mu  babiya Allah

Allah ya ba Ku, mu samu babiya Allah

 

In the day time

His bowl is a storehouse

In which he gathers food-crumbs

 

When it rains

His bowl is an umbrella

He covers his head from the stone rain

 

When the street lights go on at dusk

He sets back to his territorial corner

 

At night

His bowl is a drum

He beats away the pain

Gathered in the heated sun

 

As he watches the moon

To endure the harsh whips of cold

 

He is the street cartographer

He knows the bend to every corner

His daily meal is dependent

On how good he is with the street map

 

He is the street cartographer

 

Wazani Adamu Ijarafu is a 400-level student of the Department of Education (Mathematics), University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Borno State and an alumnus of the maiden ANA/Yusuf Ali creative writing workshop.  A 2015 Green Author prize co-winner, his poems have appeared in Society of Young Nigerian Writers, Kalahari Review, BlackBoy Review, African writer and elsewhere.

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