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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 4, December 2016

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Emmanual Jessie Kalusian
Port Harcort, Rivers State, Nigeria


One Day at School

“My father works at Saipem,” the student with a torn breast pocket said.

“My father works at a paint factory” another boy said lifting his voice.

“My father is being paid a huge sum and he comes home with a lot of goodies! ” the boy with a torn breast pocket replied.

Both boys turned to me. “Emma, where does your father work and why isn't he here?”

I hate being asked about my father. “My father is late,” I said.

“Well, everyone has a father here except you,” one of them said.

The truth is: I’m an odd person.

Odd is when you drink a bottle of Coke from a table full of Guinness and Becks. Odd is me, a fatherless boy on a table full of families.

again, I ask the mirror why did he chose to die

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