Tonye WilliePepple

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Tonye Willie-Pepple is an Ijaw from Bonny Island of Rivers State, Nigeria, he studied Computer Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, His poems have appeared in Sentinel, Poetry Foundation Ghana and Kalahari Review, He writes poetry, Drama and Short Stories, In 2012 he was short-listed for the Orange Crush Prize for Poetry and in 2013 he won the PEN Nigeria/Saraba Prize for ... more »

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I Saw Virginia Today

It was 1985, when we ran into ourselves
To join the busy breakfast queues
Before Mrs.Dike would say it was closed

Before our teacups would draw out  tears
Reminding our hungry selves
Till noon our stomachs would be cramped

We ran into our freshmen selves
She, with her Milo and mayonnaise
Me, with my sardine and bread

We would later become for ourselves
The very semblances of our morning meals
On Flat plates of love very well washed

She was slender and fair, had a dot on her nose,
I teased her to be Indian; she said my face was like ...

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