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and her friend once said that maybe if she were having more sex she wouldn’t need the pills | Manthipe Moila

and her friend once said that maybe if she were having more sex she wouldn’t need the pills | Manthipe Moila

and her friend once said that maybe if she were having more sex she wouldn’t need the pills Manthipe Moila Agbowo Best African poems

ISSUE 8 | JANUARY 2024 | WOMAN ISSUE


Outside    the light show that follows her everywhere   presses itself against her windows   urgent    it is pertinent that   though the depth of field remain shallow   we do not fuss about her   the astonishing woman-child   lying acute beside her bed   wreathed by sorrow   hollowed   by washes of colour   trembling hands pressed against lips  choking   

She is a far-cry   from the brown women adorned in hanbok vests   large sparkling skirts   plastic garlands   frolicking in palace fields  

Or   redolent in streetlight sheen   the children who are adorned by light    that squeal even as night sinks Daegu    their abandon leaps    presses itself too  against her windows    muffles out her whimpers   she is to them    all of them   a creature of myth a faraway-thing      not even in the background   

In the morning   she tries to blink  the world      into a kind of order     holds it briefly     soon loses steam    sleeplessness has her    seeing double again   she pleads to herself    coaxes    this way       she can have two of everything   and the blueberries might   multiply    and the hips  widen    and her lovers’ hands be everywhere-everywhere    desire too  might double   into entendre  so that when she thinks touch    instead of   the live wire     yourself follows    instead of yourself into extinction    him  no clean lines needed    only clinging    to a body  with one hand  a mound of   oblong tablets    with another  dry swallowing    the day  thirsting for   hope    one day one day    the world will be beautiful     bearable


Manthipe Moila Agbowo

Manthipe Moila

Manthipe Moila is a 29-year-old poet from Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a degree in English Literature, and in her university days was published in various online South African journals such as Ja., Aerodrome and Type/Cast. She has recently been published in the New Contrast 202 (2023) issue. She is currently based in Seoul, South Korea.

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