Ripened mangoes, sliced watermelons
Discovering the girth of our throats
As our tongues paddle the depths of their fleshly rivers
We make sure to slurp on our elbows even when
Rivulets attempt to meander off.
We desire rock-hard abs and snatched waists
So will worship these murals of health
Even if we are not willing acolytes
We will crunch hard and swallow deep
Our bodies have to be cleansed of the fat
And paraded to the world,
Cathedrals of desire,
the Olympic flame.
David Agyei–Yeboah is a young artist from Accra, Ghana. His poetry, fiction and hybrids are published/forthcoming in The Lumiere Review, GUEST (from above/ground press), Ethel Zine & Micro Press, Afritondo Magazine, Ta Adesa, Tampered Press, and elsewhere. He was long-listed for The Totally Free Best of the Bottom Drawer Global Writing Prize 2021 from the Black Spring Press Group, UK. He was also shortlisted for Ursus Americanus, 2022 and was a finalist for Harbor Editions, 2022 (Small Harbor Publishing). He scarcely tweets @david_shaddai and posts mini covers on Instagram @davidshaddai. David is a dedicated fan of Frank Ocean, Asake, Gyakie and Oxlade.