I walked through the narrow path Trying to leave my past behind me My steps tripped, almost to the point of falling As the darkness of the night embraced me A storm tore through the night With loud thundering and lightning And heavy drops of rain falling: My body was soaked it all in As I began to walk away from my past I heard the sound of the wind Wild like midnight noise in a rainforest And walked faster as the rain continued to beat my body Like frenzied palms on a drum I reached a swelling river And couldn't cross to the other side Then a scary voice reached me from afar Gripping me with fear Threatening to consume me Closer and closer it came I wondered what it was With my heart right inside my mouth Unsure of where to turn, where to go Just then I escaped the clutches of my dream And awoke to find the sun's rays Piercing through my window I arose from my bed, my dream, my fears Towards an unknown destination
Oyelola Adeola Ogunrinde is a journalist, writer, and poet from Lagos, Nigeria. She uses writing as a distraction from the political turmoil in her home country. Her short stories have appeared in reputable literary platforms such as Scarlet Leaf Review in Canada and Fairlight Books in the UK. Ogunrinde is currently writing a feminist novel set against the backdrop of Nigeria’s pre-independence era. She tweets at @oyelolawriter.