and the eerie moment creeps in on us & dashes at the kernel of our hearts a flash of shocking dagger! cosmic outage! darkness submerges the metropolis the bulbs of science & technocrats burst! critical thoughts benumbed we grope in the belly of a ball, bump into waterloo death figures drown the eyes. conjectures: a new cold war of superpowers or theory of conspiracy? darkness paralyses activities, lock down! social distancing, hand sanitizing, solitary hunger but for how long does a mortal keep running from the tracking of an oracle? perhaps, in the asphyxiation of our know-how will there surface a Greater Aid in this darkroom of life?
Olajuwon Joseph Olumide is an award-winning Nigerian author, English Language instructor and musician. He holds a degree in Mass Communication and has works published on several platforms including Minute Magazine, PIN Journal, Words Rhymes &Rhythm, Etn 21, African Writers Reviews, and Arts Lounge. Olajuwon, a winner of the Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest in 2015, 2016 and 2018, is the author of Walking the Pathway of Excellence (self-help, 2020) and Beyond our Dreams (poetry, 2020). He lives in Ogun State.