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She’s at the cafe window, mug in hand
a young man steps into her view
out of an Uber, now sliding away.

His ironed shirt, his fresh haircut
everything on him speaks intention
except his feet; queasy, and
as willing as a flat tyre.

He checks a note, tucks it away
walks across the street
slowly to the porch at No 29
He’s at the door
standing like a soldier
at the wrong war
without a gun.

He lifts a hand
pauses, pulls it back
then lifts the hand
the pause is longer. He pulls it back
and again, and again
and again, it goes down
not knocking.

She scurries from the window
and back just as fast
her mug refilled.

He’s at the door still
a kid screeches on the street
her eyes dart, but are quickly back.

Back on our friend
tapping on his thighs
pacing, behind the welcome mat

He spurs forward, on the mat
shoulders slightly up
bearing squarely at the door
he raises his hand
he brings it down
this time,
still not knocking.

He steps aside, and
hands on the wall, bows his face
she sees him reach for his pants
he pulls something out
shuffles to a porch post
and leans, blocked from sight.

After two minutes, maybe more
a car rolls into view, to a halt
he puts his phone (back) in his pants
scampers to the black sedan
as of a void between the thighs.

He’s in. The Uber leaves.

She’s standing there
clenching an empty mug
mouth slightly agape
muttering, “what the fu**?”.

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Tolu Akinyemi

Tolu' Akinyemi was born in Akure, the capital city of Ondo State, Nigeria.

His writings have appeared in a number of notable anthologies such as 'Verses From The Sun', an Association of Nigerian Authors anthology, 'A Way With Words' (2014 & 2016), a Great British Write Off Anthology and other printed and online outlets. His poetry play 'The Big Society'; written for The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, London was performed at The Greenwich-Lewisham Young People's Theatre, London. In 2017, he was named on the 'Nigerian Writers' Awards' list of '100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers under 40' and also won the 'Poetry Writer of the Year' Award. In March 2017 he obtained an 'Exceptional Talent Endorsement' as a writer, from the Arts Council England.

You can find Tolu on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@poetolu). He believes in 'The Big Bang Theory' TV Show, Google and Jesus. Tolu currently lives in London, England.

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