Through the depths of the last song,
they traced each other’s hands.
At the gates that lead away
from where humankind was formed, they hugged.
They are twelve-year-olds
forced to market for calm by marriage
of the market leader’s daughter,
they have ridden their bicycles
from the east and the west
to snipe with rubbery stones from vestries
of last meet and handshake.
Yemi Soneye was born in 1991. He is a graduate of Agricultural Economics and Extension. His works have appeared in Sentinel Nigeria, Saraba Magazine, The New Black Magazine and Istanbul Literary Review.