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By Nick Makoha

At nine I wanted to pop like Turbo in Breakdance
Freshly kitted in a two tone grey Nike shell suit jacket 

with concealed hoodie. Hand washed in ice cold 
bath water along with my indigo denim jeans 

folded inside out. In my boxers I watched 
them dry on the balcony, as I mouthed the melody 

to TOUR DE FRANCE by Kratftwerk on my Sony walkman. 
Underneath the stairwells I would tie a broom handle to my finger 

and slide across the floor perfecting the freeze and burn. 
Tapping my right shoulder to start my turn. 

Radioactive Puma green-black sausage thick laces. 
My body locked like legos as I threw out some poses,

in the reflection of the glass door. Behind the bins an oversized 
sheet of cardboard would become our recycled dance-floor. 

Hooded nylon jackets circled me, left elbow jabbed into my belly. 
Elbow touching my hipbone. A boombox hanging out the window. 

Cars slowed down on the street, freestyling till I found the beat. 
Balanced on a sweat banded-left hand, I would kick my legs 

hard and spin. Body straight as a fin. The world and friends 
beginning to blend. Legs tucked in to catch my weight. 

Dipped shoulder into a headstand, 
synchronized clap of hands.


Nick Makoha

Nick Makoha represented Uganda at Poetry Parnassus as part of the Cultural Olympiad. A former Writer in Residence for Newham Libraries, his one-man show My Father & Other Superheroes debuted to sold out performances at 2013 London Literature Festival. He has been a panelist at both the inaugural Being A Man Festival (Fatherhood: Past, Present & Future) and Women Of The World Festival (Bringing Up Boys). In 2005 award-winning publisher Flippedeye launched its pamphlet series with his debut The Lost Collection of an Invisible Man. Soon to publish his first full collection, The Second Republic, from which his poem Resurrection Man was shortlisted for the Flamingo Feather poetry competition 2013.

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