The Wolf and the Girl

a poetry-art series curated by Tobi Ogude

Photography by Brianna Roye

Written by Tobi Ogude     

Featuring Cassandra Yeboah

01

Was I in love, or was I just persevering?

Her black beauty was unconventional.

Her afro, packed with protein and iron, was as the crown heads of broccoli stems.

To her, love meant trust.

Her dark eyes were as the solar system which is filled with just enough twinkle to gaze the stars with.

Her soul was always on fire and like the core of the Earth, everything in her life sprung from it.

02

Her afro, packed with protein and iron, was as the crown heads of broccoli stems

Her lips, taste a mix of:

Soft, love-touched cotton candy and hard, lust-licked lollipops.

She tricked my heart into skipping a beat.

She caused caterpillars to hatch early from their cocoons just to experience the joys all the other

Butterflies were fluttering about.

03

She tricked my heart into skipping a beat.

 

Her black skin was not afraid to glow in the white light of the afternoon sun,

Her hips were not afraid to sway with the wind when she walked; her thighs were the wind that swayed her hips.

Her voice was as bold as the full moon.

04

Her black beauty was unconventional.

 

But I couldn’t howl back at it. I was afraid that I could never be half the wolf her moon deserved.

Even if I was, my biggest fear was falling off the edge of the cliff I stood on.

No matter how close I stood to the edge, she was always just out of my reach.

And we both knew that if she came just a bit closer, she’d raise all tides

05

I was afraid that I could never be half the wolf her moon deserved

 

Gravity was her force.

So I used it to keep myself grounded.

Locked up away,

My heart stayed in the corner of the room

With nothing on but a dunce cap

Because when it tried to dance, it kept skipping a beat.

Was I in love, or was I just persevering?

Oh, how she killed me with her black beauty.

06

Gravity was her force; 

So I used it to keep myself grounded.

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