Merak Magazine

Goodnight Suburbia

Buildings blacken like the sky,         And hovels their roots beneath         The earth, run like fingers to Ghana,         Street skirted by masts, narrowed         Down to fires twinkling like stars,         Broadcasting from windows to         Old Oyo,…

Old Men Walk Funny

Old men walk funny with shadows and time eating at their heels. Pediatric walkers, prostate exams, bend over, then most die. They grow poor, leave their grocery list at home, And forget their social security checks bank account numbers, Dwell…