When young boys go missing

When young boys go missing,
the neighbourhood rallies a search party.
We panic like a bomb’s ticking
against time. Our fears, ripen to a
burst, we scamper through streets,
cells & prisons holding tightly to the
hem of a flickering hope. Then,
we make a final stop at the morgue.
The icy walk through a crowd of
cadavers is met with a prayer – here,
may we not find that which we seek.



Abu Ibrahim is a Nigerian poet. His debut poetry album Music Has Failed Us was considered for a nomination at the  2022 Grammy Awards. He has also been published in literary houses in Nigeria, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and more.