Olajuwon Joseph Olumide

FOR A BODY IS OMINOUS!

behind the slyly smiling door, with artifacts
of gold, is a paradise of whimpering horror
for many a body is a cubicle of grief
where costume of luxury is plastered
on the walls to cover up its inner cracks,
and that’s the artistry of confidentiality
indoor is a prison of misery, who can know it?
a saunter past the ajar door of faulted padlock
an ominous whimper would greet your ears
without an invading mission of eavesdropping,
you’d steal into theories behind life’s poetic scenes:
of a fleet footed car gaping at the lagos lagoon
speaking in silent mystery, with unanswered
questions of what water spirit bewitched
its driver who’s plunged to become an indigene
of the elusive world of the hydro creatures.
or what demon deadlier than the vermin
from hell, inhabits a body, whose landlord
has no answer for knifing his wife, and three kids
how depression, shut indoor, lives in a body shut
away from eyes of the world littered with counsels
only to leave eyes of humanity with untold tears
when hellish secret breaks out of the gothic house
as news of tragedy, such that we are reading of now?


Olajuwon Joseph Olumide, a Nigerian, is a graduate of mass communication from the Great Yaba College of Technology. He teaches English Language, Literature in English and Cultural & Creative Arts in a private secondary school in Iyesi Ota. He is a native of Ogun State. He has won the Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest three times in 2015, 2016 & 2018. He was shortlisted for Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize in 2016. He made the long-lists of Nigerian Students Poetry Prize in 2016, 2017 & 2018. He seeks to publish his full length poetry collection, “finding the climax of the ocean” and his fiction, “indispensable allies” soon.

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