Two Poems by Ogunkoya Samuel

Patient On Bed 3 Writes A Poem To The Nurses Station

when I say I am dancing

with my sister again

What I meant is,

It is four a.m.

                                                                               And

                                                                the car brakes

                                                                       are failing

When you find this poem

Know I have always wanted to

be like the moon

Glistening. For me and my sister.

                                               who lived in an asylum

                                               till clozapine became a compass to death

she carried sad songs in her belly

                                               for a season and half

                                               for reasons we didn’t know

Till she told us of what she missed most

The light that was before the call.

That night, she moaned a lot about shadows.

                                                       And when I said I am dancing with my sister again

What I meant is, some don’t die.     They walk into burning cities

As though that’s the only place to be free.

This dawn, I am walking out of fire

                                       And I can hear the songs. faintly.

The Babies In This Ward

Are those that came unprepared,

unsure of how long they intend to stay.

No one comes this early

Without hoping for a miracle



3 pounds of concerted worry,

Eyes shut in deep communion with God

The tense conduit of a mother’s guilt



We watched until you

Perfected the art of stillness,

Your body making a truce

With heaven’s claims on you



We spent all night

Imitating God with a silicon bag.

We doubted your survival

But magic is anything you call it

Your resurrection. Your recreation.


Ogunkoya Samuel is a Nigerian poet who lives and writes from Ibadan where he practices physiotherapy. His poems have been published in Kalahari Review, Five2One Mag, Ellis Review, Entropy Magazine’s Enclave, UCity Review and elsewhere. Twitter: @SamuelOgunkoya

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