Lover Power: A Micro Love Story

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Small love. Big love. Skinny love. Toni Morrison’s “love is or love ain’t, thin love ain’t love at all”. Early in the morning love. Love and honour your parents love. Love at the ends of its tether. “I can’t do this anymore” love. 

Here Efemia Chela considers becoming a lover. 

The 22-year-old loved Sienna like sumo wrestlers smiling in a sunflower field. She felt her world expand with every breath Sienna took around her. Sienna, rich, married, sexy, hers. Sienna had so much to say, so much to teach her, no matter she couldn’t share anything she learnt from her with anyone. She felt herself being sucked out of her small life, into a new ripe world, throbbing with secrets and stolen time. She was no longer a nurse in training; she was a lover. When she returned home, she couldn’t hear her parents’ snoring, nor the drip of the ayib, straining itself overnight. She cloaked herself in the private knowledge of being recently desired. She would strip naked in her bedroom and look at herself in the mirror in the dark. The streetlamp on the corner shone on slices of her body through the blinds. After Sienna put her hands all over her, she felt her own tremendous power, the power of a woman in circulation, a woman newly initiated into erotic motion.

Efemia Chela is a Zambian-Ghanaian writer, literary critic, and editor. "Chicken", her first published story, was shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing. Chela has had short stories and poems published in New Internationalist, Wasafiri, Token and Pen Passages: Africa
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