He Wasn’t That Scared by Okwudili Nebeolisa

They refused to take the body to the morgue

it was his duty to clean the body

he did it carefully, as if he enjoyed

what he was doing, he was even singing

as if he wanted to assert his presence,

he used to do that anytime he was

in the dark, his own kind of offering.

But he wasn’t that scared after a while

because I saw him taking off his shirt

when he sweated, saw him sticking his fingers

into the bullet holes in the stomach,

the fingers coming out all clean, no goo

accompanying, saw him sit down

beside the body, talking to it.


(Appeared in The Cincinnati Review and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.)


Okwudili Nebeolisa’s works have appeared in Threepenny Review, The Cincinnati Review, Salamander Magazine, Transition Magazine, Lambda Review, Crannog Magazine, and Ambit Magazine, etc.

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