The Museum

what if I say:
follow me to the museum
to watch God,
come into the rain,
let’s have a dance.
ask me
about the story it holds
I’ve been in the river
a hundred year now.
sit up and say
the graveyard again,
allow me to ask 
why a smoke comes out
from your ears,
there’s no art you’ll have to see
because it’s navy 
to have come from our palms. 

Zakiyyah Dzukogi

Zakiyyah Dzukogi is the author of Carved (a poetry collection); winner of the Nigeria Prize for Teen Authors, 2021, a prize she had earlier won the second-place position in 2020. She is a winner of Brigitte Poirson Poetry Prize, 2021 as well as the Splendors of Dawn Poetry Prize, 2019. She has her works published in Upwrite Nigeria, Artmosterrific chapbook, the Nigeria Review, INNSAEI Journal, Konya Shamsrumi, Literature Voices, Book o clock, Corona Blues, Poetry Tuesday, Heartlinks Magazine, Paradise on Earth International Anthology vol I and II, Of Shadows and Rainbow anthology, Piamvoices, Melbourne Culture Corner, Olney Magazine, Sledgehammer, The Beatnik Cowboy, Warp 10 lit, Kalahari review, Ninshar Arts, Ghost City Review, Cafe Au Lait Magazine, rigorous and others.