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He finished the exam early
and finding no reason to wait for the driver
decides to walk home
it couldn't be more than a few streets away

The idea of this small rebellion pleases him

After the turn off the main road
a street lined in slaughtered chickens
yellow claws hanging of the edge of benches
buzzing limp in the banquet of flies

The public orgy of mosquitoes twisting in stagnant green water

Navigating a nervous path
careful not to slip on open gutters
between squatting people
puddles and piles of shit

The satchel of books is a cement block on his back

Starched school shirt wilted from
sucking in the smell of rotting vegetables
from doorways covered in burlap
eyes peer at his too clean socks

The dirt is a millipede on his head

That was the day that
after the surprised gardener opened the gate
after a bath and tea
Suhail started to read Frantz Fanon

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