Firsthand Testimony
by Samuel Ogunkoya

I know what
depression does to boys.

It sucks life out of their eyes.
Sings them to fall in love with their crackled reflections from yonder.

They dance with a foot in the air,
the other in closed chain
and their fingers in deep romance
with the hems of their souls.

Depression is friendly.
It fights for you.
It sells cheap clothes.

It would harvest your brain cells,
break them in
to tears, fears, leukotrienes and 300mg of memories.

666mg of Amoxapine would be found in my body.
God knows I won’t survive.

Samuel Ogunkoya is a Nigerian physiotherapy undergraduate. He has been published on platforms like AfricanWriter and Kalahari Review. He writes from Ile-ife.

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Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer neurodivergent people of color. We publish poetry, artwork, short fiction (beginning with Issue 3), creative nonfiction (beginning with Issue 8), and hybrid genre work (beginning with Issue 9) by emerging and established neurodivergent writers as well as essays on neurodiversity and literature and book reviews (beginning with Issue 10).

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