Poetry 2018 Longlist, Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim

My letter to Daddy

Dear my father, You are like a farmer:

That farmed on my land

With hoe and cutlass

During rainy and dry seasons

For long, planting seeds,

Know that, your plant will not produce poor products

Your service is unrewardable here

Only God can reward you

All the shades we spread now,

Come after your fertilization


How will I forget you?

How far have I gone?

That I can’t see my back

I am not such a blind driver,

That drives without a mirrow

On a narrow road, thinking to arrive safely


Do you think that I forget you,

Your face, walking, and thoughts

If I forget everything,

I think you, would not be forgotten


Don’t you think I am that child?

That remembers his father’s caring

in the day and night

His efforts in disciplining him,

His responses to his cries

Open your ears and hear me!

I still see you in my mind,

The tree you watered,

Is spreading its roots, products,

And shades in the world


Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim is a young Nigerian writer, playwright and poet. He was born in the year 2001. He attended Gombe Children School for his nursery and primary school education. He studied at Gombe High School. He is a member of Poets In Nigeria Gombe Connect Center. Some of his works are published in Tuck online magazine, praxis magazine online, Philip Peace Literary Art World and TACT organisation. He has been featured in 4 international anthologies. He has won many poetry challenges. He started writing at sixteen. He believes that writing will bring change in our today’s society.


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