“I am Cactus.
I prick when you carelessly touch me,
When you try to abuse my existence.
I am curvy
Something not everyone knows how to handle.”
(For women who experience abuse in its varied shades).
Marvel Chukwudi Pephel is a prolific Nigerian writer who writes poems, short stories and other things besides. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in High Coupe, The Avocet, The Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine for Arts and Literature, Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine, Poetry Tree on the Charles, Pyrokinection, Jellyfish Whispers, I Am Not a Silent Poet, African Writer, The Naked Convos, PIN Quarterly Journal, amongst others. His poetry was selected for the 2016 Best New African Poets 2016 Anthology. He is currently a two-time winner of the Creative Writing Ink Competition (Ireland).