I Found That Photograph | a poem by Ndifreke George

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I found that photograph
among my elementary books
When I first broke the spell of shyness
and stood out as a man before the Leysam Queen
Though I stammered

I remember that photograph
which meant like a trophy to me
Like I had conquered Goliath
and the entire uncircumcised Philistines
I could have called it a great triumph

I cherish that photograph
It reminds me of when few black strands
began to litter my pubic to announce the arrival of maturity
And gradual metamorphosis
into the burdensome adulthood

I guarded that photograph
I like a jealous father out to police his young daughter
It slept with me under my pillow
Like a sweet dream capsule
A prescription that worked like magic

I smiled at that photograph
With its puerile memory
It still has that magic
That makes me feel like a king
Just because she is a Queen

———-

Ndifreke George is an emerging writer. First published at nineteen, and although of science discipline, his creative talent has shot him into writing of poems, articles, songs, scripts, novels etc. His poems have been published on Nigerian and international literary magazines and journals like Tuck Magazine, The Poetry Community,  Social Justice Poetry, The Kalahari Review, Poems and Poetry, Praxis Magazine and The Antarctica Journal. Few of his articles as well have appeared in the Calabar-based Nigerian Chronicles Newspaper. He has done a great deal including grooming students to write a book, and is aiming to do more.

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