By Emmanuel Jakpa

I run into the forest

and cut woods for you.


It’s summer.

So you have no use for them.


But I note that

while cutting the woods.


So when winter

comes, you can think of me.


Oritsegbemi Emmanuel Jakpa was born in Warri, Nigeria, and currently lives in Ireland.  His poetry has been published widely, including The Diagram, Landing Places, Echoing Years, Barnwood, and Edison Literary Review. He has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes three times,  and  he  received  the 2008 Yeat’s  Pierce  Loughran Award.

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