Kwame Opoku-Duku is the author of The Unbnd Verses (Glass Poetry Press, 2018). His work is featured or forthcoming in BOMB, the Literary Review, the Massachusetts Review, Bettering American Poetry, Booth, BOAAT, and other publications. He lives in New York City, where he is a teaching artist, and along with Karisma Price, he is a founding member of the Unbnd Collective.
Kwasi woke up somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. What time was it? He looked out the window for a sign of land but there was only blackness and wisps of gray. The boy in the aisle seat who had fallen asleep on his shoulder woke up and looked blankly at him. He looked like he could have been Kwasi’s son. They had the same high cheekbones, the same sleepy, almond-shaped eyes. The boy’s head weighed on him like a great stone, but in the moment, Kwasi felt thankful for it. “It’s okay,” he said. “Go back to sleep.”