We Made Love on Mount Elgon

I tried to sit on him like Sharon Stone would,
My thighs were too big.
I tried to lick him like ice cream,
My tongue couldn’t wet his hairs.
I tried to kiss his circumcised flesh,
My lips caused him pain.
I tried to slap him and make him scream,
He laughed instead.
I tried to touch my breath with his,
I ended up coughing.
I tried to make our bodies in the sign of the cross,
And our centers met.
And that is how we made love on Mount Elgon.

Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva is the founder of the annual BN Poetry Award for women, the first of its kind in Uganda that promotes poetry. She also emerged as one of the top three finalists for the erbacce-press international poetry prize. Her first book, Unjumping is now on sale.