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Revelation gives insight into the sheer measures of a man that are often molded from the society's perceptions...and the dark, solitary transition.


Revelation gives insight into the sheer measures of a man that are often molded from the society's perceptions...and the dark, solitary transition.

/Revelation | Joemario Umana | Poetry



/REVELATION 

Smoke this and become a man.

He said in a voice collecting dust, amidst coughs and spit, smoke this and become a man. I watched, star struck, how something so slim like a rolled paper, with an angry sun at its head, letting out steam, wedged between one's two fingers, holds the secret recipe of God.

Smoke this and become a man.

I wonder if this was the revelation Burna Boy got to sing, how would you like to smoke some weed? I’ve heard many teachings about becoming a man, smoking not on the syllabus. Like,

only the sky is shameless enough to cry. You are not the sky. A flower is not the only thing that's fragile. You are not a flower. Silence is your maiden tongue. Wag it, don't lose it. You are a god. Again, you are a god. 

Smoke this and become a man.

I collected the rolled paper from him, filled my airbag with the black deity of rebirth, and let it out towards the heavens like a burning incense, as if to say, God look! I've sacrifice the boy. I'm a man now!

Smoke this and become a man.

Smoke this and become a man.



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Joemario Umana is a Nigerian creative writer and a performance poet, whose most poems, surround the theme of masculinity.

He is an alumnus of The Poetic Collective writing fellowship and 2023 SprinNg Writing fellowship program. Also, a member of The Writers Manger Network (TWMN), a literary and literacy hub in Nigeria.

Joemario Umana’s works have appeared and forthcoming in journals like the anthology publication of NSPP 2022, Loch Raven Review, The Kalahari Review, Lunaris Review, Ngiga Review, Eboquills, Nantygreens, Poemify, Punocracy, Spillwords, Afrihill Press and elsewhere. His works have drawn literary appreciation to themselves.

He is currently pursuing a bachelor degree at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. He tweets @Jo_marioumana


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