Some writers marry other ones
it seems the natural course
but she has never read a book,
in fact she hardly learned to read.
In Nigerian villages, they say,
you have to pay to go to school.
Her father was a teacher too;
in time I've come to understand
that this is just an economic irony
of life down there, however,
she can handle a sewing machine,
make clothes, cook plantains,
construct wigs from human hair,
dismember a goat in record time;
balance a suitcase on her head
each time we need to move.
After seven years I'd say I'm cool
with these skills, this situation
living without literary discussion.
Published in The Blue Nib, number 36, December 2018. Editors Shirley Bell, Dave Kavanagh.