September 21, 2023

By Jide Badmus


The sun undresses

before lounging waters

as though for a swim.


Today, Lagos is soft.

Dusk fills potholes

with withering smiles

& a sliver of optimism.


But night takes

everything away.

A dream overheats.

A prayer is stranded

on wooden wheels.



Heaven’s clock is broken

& time is hungover.



There’s no place for tears

in the eyes of war.

No shield

for vocal slugs

from kindred guns.


No place for grief

on this manifest


& where we find repair

is where we call home.


Jide Badmus is an engineer, a poet inspired by beauty and destruction; he believes that things in ruins were once beautiful. He is the author of four books including Obaluaye (FlowerSong Press, 2022) and What Do I Call My Love for Your Body (Roaring Lion Newcastle, 2022). He was nominated for Pushcart Prize in 2021. Badmus has curated and edited several anthologies, and his poems have appeared in Disquiet Arts, The Shore, Kreative Diadem, Jalada Africa, Sub-Saharan and elsewhere. He is founder of INKspiredNG, Poetry Editor for Con-scio Magazine, a mentor in the SprinNG Fellowship, and sits on the board of advisors for Libretto Magazine. Jide writes from Lagos, Nigeria. He tweets @bardmus.


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