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Play Dates

Every night, the chicken
played with the new dog
like old friends, taking turns
laughing, hugging, leaping
at trees, across lawns
under a bush, out of sight.

Last night, the dog
re-emerged sober
the chicken, dangling
in a cloud of feathers.

Play dates are over.

Tolu Akinyemi

Tolu Akinyemi is an award-winning Nigerian writer and poet. His often-humorous writings are known for their keen perspectives and wittily engaging dissections of humans’ lived experiences. He is the author of three books and currently lives in London, United Kingdom.

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