Out of walls. Out of trees. A puff of our breath. Owls beseech our world. Vultures feed on our faith. The phoneme of fear. The phonetics of our pains. Blood! Shrieking whispers. Night! You wake up and by your side are the entrails of your children. Your wife’s breast dangling from the roof. Your friends’ absence is present; your family, divided.
On the pinnacle of the North, Ogun’s feast is on. The outstretch bowels of the Lagoon bordering the south bear souls to hades. Epe- Curses chew their future from the east while at the junction of their mothers, terrestrial at the darkening of the moon but mortal at the brightening of the sun, their North-east habitat bleed as wolves growl in their nakedness.
In these, the State scampers about, forgetting to remember the former ways:
A rapture of bodies
to the sky.
—Babajide Michael ‘Literati’ Olusegun
Babajide Michael ‘Literati’ Olusegunis a poet, a Haijin (Haiku writer)and the coordinator of Haiku in Lagos State under the umbrella of the Africa Haiku Network. He is the founder of the Parliament of Poets, University of Lagos.