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

(Ceative and cultural skills)
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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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