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Nabila’s PTSD

This poem contains imagery and references to bodily harm and human blood.

Now, Nabila’s digestive
system frowns at meat intake — she retches
on perceiving the smell of Suya or
any kind of barbeque—
dating from the shrapnel of
human flesh captured in her retina
from the massacre she
witnessed in wilderness of Sambisa

Nabila now abstains from drinking Zobo
or any kind of red juice for fear of simulating
it for blood flow since the Chibok tragedy

Nabila is now addressed by an R-word used
for asylum seekers, diagnosed with a
V-word for her digestive allergies
and needs the help of a P-word specialist
to restore her cerebrum back to its default setting

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