POETRY IN TIMES OF CORONA: THE DARKROOM (a poem by Olajuwon Joseph Olumide)

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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.

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