On the wall is a map of places, the so-called explorers
— Mungo Park and the rest of them —
Discovered. But did they know
Of my longing to kiss you tonight?
Did those leaders who went to Berlin
In 1885, when they sought to open a ‘dark continent’,
Did they know of my need to ravage your breasts
Holding you against the cold stove?
(This is taking too long!) Why not travel to my chest,
And I to yours on that bed
You know so well, and rewrite history
The way we know how?
Abayomi Animashaun is an immigrant from Nigeria. A winner of the Hudson Prize and a recipient of a grant from the International Center for Writing and Translation, Animashaun is the author of three poetry collections: Seahorses, Sailing for Ithaca, and The Giving of Pears. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin with his wife and children.