Wooden hand mirror with forest reflected in the mirror

Slave boy

Country of Origin: Nigeria

Came to my home with a hat and boots.

Slept in my house; I gave up my room.

Ask for my name; He called me marooned.

Wondered why I’m Black. He stared at my food.

Laughed with my Dad, then showed him his tools.

Gave mama a mirror, Her smile did glow.

Harmless like a fly, his skin did shone.

Seemed to be nice, Unknown to us he’s a crook.

His friends are in the bushes and they’re ready to shoot.

Killed my father in his sleep and spat on him too.

Point the barrel to my mama. He made me a slave boy.

Thank you to Amber Harris for their inspired edit on this piece and everyone else on the Fiction team.

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Aderemi Eniola, best known as "Deremi Enny," is a poet from Nigeria, West Africa. He reinvents the ancient West African writing style, blending culture with a clear intent to tell cautionary tales and bring ears closer to Africa's shores. Coming across poetry in his early years left a lasting impression on him, putting him in awe of how feelings can be expressed and how big messages can be passed in a line. Upon discovering this alchemy, he sets about creating gold from mere words. He was influenced by the work of master writers like Christopher Okigbo, Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, George Orwell, and Dostoevsky. Deremi Enny is out to create a world out of his writings. You can either find him discussing the state of affairs or teaching children. When he is not doing either, he is in a small town in "Ayobo" selling fish.

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