Everything was normal before the world embraced the language of silence. Our lives reduced to fear & our bodies mastered the ritual of distance. Nobody knew that face masks & sanitizers would join the necessities of living & the air would be a messenger of death blowing a killer-virus to our nostrils The news from the death tolls dampens my eyes with fear. Each day finds me folding inside my body— distancing from a circuit of communication. Somewhere around, a sneeze only wreaked out from a man's throat & everyone faded away like smoke. The world is on a tour of lockdown. We can only hope to unlock our body from her manacles & be free again. There is a song waiting inside my mouth. Waiting to be sung when the world becomes stable again & everything returns to normalcy.
Emmanuel Ojeikhodion is a young emerging Nigerian Writer who majors in Poetry and sometimes Essays. His writings explores: broken love, separation, loss, anxiety, identity, grief, domestic violence, abuse & rape. He has a handful of publications forthcoming /published in Capsule Stories, Rigorous, Chachalaca Review, Déraciné Mag, Pangolin Review, Clips and Pages, African Writer, Kalahari Review, Peeking Cat & elsewhere. He was recently a finalist in the Best of Kindness Poetry Contest 2020 (origami poems project). You can reach him on twitter at @hermynuel and facebook at Emmanuel Ojeikhodion.