Now Reading
Like my Dreams Weren’t Made of Glass | Saddiq Dzukogi 

Like my Dreams Weren’t Made of Glass | Saddiq Dzukogi 

Like my Dreams Weren’t Made of Glass | Saddiq Dzukogi  | Agbowo


—feathers intact, a butterfly flies out 

of my nightmare. Monsters spiraling down 

out of a sky of my own imagining, 

possessed, achingly tortuous—I see 

things, things no one else saw, hunting me down

as I try to catch my breath walking 

a profound mark between fear and curiosity. 

In the fossil record of my evening walk, 

close to a quiet lake, my mind waffles up 

and down the rolling grasslands of Nebraska. 

Nature brings stability to mind. Beneath an effigy 

of a tortoise, a seashell gathers the filth of time. 

I imagine the sea nestling in a landlocked earth. Wherever I go, wilderness follows.

Saddiq Dzukogi

Saddiq Dzukogi is the author of Your Crib, My Qibla (University of Nebraska Press, 2021), winner of the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry, co-winner of the Julie Suk award, and finalist of the Nigeria Prize for Literature. His poems can be found or forthcoming in spaces such as Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, Guernica, Poetry London, Ninth Letter, and The Georgia Review. He is an Assistant Professor of English and affiliate faculty of African American Studies at Mississippi State University. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi.

Photo by Jøn on Unsplash

What's Your Reaction?
In Love
Mind Blown
Not Sure

© 2023 Agbowo. All Rights Reserved. Please read the Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy Statement, and Refunds/Returns policy.

Scroll To Top

Discover more from Agbowó

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading