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Note to Future Self
Christopher C. Collins

Note
You will be changed.

Becoming Nigerian
Means
I can voice my concerns.
I can let my voice resonate through rooms
Til it echoes in brains
Splitting and cracking
Government theft
The suppression of people.

Note
You will not recognize yourself.
You will loose so much weight your belts won’t fit.
You will get diarrhea.

Becoming Nigerian
Means
I can control my relationship between people.
Honoring yet negotiating such boundaries
Honoring the power of my voice
Honoring the history it carries.

Note
You will love Nigerian Hip-Hop
The way it resonates in your body.
Music is the patriotism and appreciation of self.

Becoming Nigerian
Means
I can be a multiplicity.
The pluralism of landscape
The continuity of being and becoming.

Note
You will dance in the Little Theater.
You will perform poetry in the Asaba.
You will stand at the highest point of Delta State.

Becoming Nigerian
Means
I can draw from Dunhills
As a method of friendship
Reaching across continents
Through cigarette smoke.
I can kill myself
To create relationship with others.
The relationship is more important
Than the years lost without them.

Note
You will not always be strong.
You will negotiate your fear.
You will become someone else.  
You will not recognize yourself.

Becoming Nigerian
Means
Accepting the many ways
One creates the self.
The many forms we must negotiate of the self
In order to survive.
Live in the context
Understand such connections
Make yourself human.
Becoming Nigerian means
Not that I am Nigerian
But rather, somewhere in my bloodline
The ancestry of Africa
Resonates through DNA. 
Even though my white body builds borders
I will scale the wires.
I will march through the ground.
I will cross middle passage.  
Head to foot
Foot to head
For three months
Thrown overboard
Left in the sea to drown.

Note
You will be changed. 

Will I I
The Western I
Anywhere from 9 million to 13 million barrels of oil have been spilled in Nigeria’s Delta Region.  (CNN, Christian Purefoy, June 30, 2010).

I
Will
Decide
The political parties.
A little to the left
A little to the right
And nothing the center.

I
Will
Disband
The people.
Elect
A New one!

I
Will
Charge
700 my Dollars
140,000 your Naira
To stay at the Sheraton. 

I
Will
Illustrate
How money
Separates
The rich from the poor.

I
Will
Baptize
Buffalo and turn it into Fish
So I can consume it on a Friday.

I
Will
Watch
Roads
Bleeding into Lines
Cars clogging arteries.

I
Will
Wait for Godot.

I
Will
Applaud Europe’s
Underdevelopment of Africa
As a means of material possession.
Forcing the consumption of imported goods
For higher prices.
Exporting my own landscape
Owned by foreign nationals.
Money shifts from continent to continent
Till one is fat and heavy, thick with cream.
The other is withered and starving, swallowed by the colonial stomach. 

Will I II.
The African I

I
Will
Stand
In the enslave market
Hear songs of pricing bodies.
100 slaves for a cannon
Or an
Umbrella. 

I
Will
Watch my feet press into sand
As I march the Badagry slave route.
Knee deep in stagnant water
My body alive and flowing forward.

I
Will
Watch my feet press into red clay.
Hear the slap of my soul
As I walk toward the attenuation well.

I
Will
Say the recitation of sold slaves,

“I am leaving this land
My spirit leave with me
I shall not come back now
My shackles do not break
It is the shackles that hold
The ship down
My ancestors bear me witness
I shall not return
This land shall depart
My soul do not revolt
My spirit go along with me
I depart to the land unknown
I shall not return”

I
Will
Drink
From the Well.

I
Will
Walk toward
The Point of No Return.

“bid slavery hide her haggard face,
and barbarism fly:
I scorn to see the said disgrace
In which enslaved I lie”

I
Will
Walk
Back.


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