to feel this storm
is like bartering
between the touch of a porcupine
& the venom of an adder
it whirls on & on
it’s a harbinger of pangs & subtle moans

Ajise Vincent is an economist and social researcher based in Lagos, Nigeria. His works have appeared or are forthcoming at The Bond Street Review, Indiana Voice Journal, The Jawline Review, Jalada, Ink Sweat & Tears, Chiron Review, Asian Signature, Ann Arbor Review, Yellow Chair Review, The Bombay Review, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, The Cadaverine, Souvenir, Elsewhere, Sentinel Literary Quarterly & various literary outlets. He is a recipient of the Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2015. He loves coffee, blondes & turtles.

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