Across the Oceans (Issue 3)

Across the Oceans (Issue 3)

the sun is rising in Nigeria by Jim Lewis


the sun is rising in Nigeria

scattering sleep like leaves

running for their lives from the

growl of a gas powered chainsaw

that throws dreams loosely side to side

until they fall into the streets

to be crushed by every passing car

or truck or bicycle intent on getting

somewhere more important than where

it is at the moment


the sun is rising in Nigeria

calm yellow light that paints hope

over the soiled walls of war

pushes shadowy fears deep into

alleys and corners to be questioned

later when we have awakened fully

when the dullness of too much death

and too little sleep is eased aside

by conversations with friends

by the discovery of an unexpected poem

scribbled on the pull-down doors

of a random shop that hasn’t yet

opened to smile us in for coffee


the sun is rising in Nigeria

lifted from its own ragged sleep

by the songs of children who

know nothing of peace and

everything of instant happiness

in the giggling games they play –

lifted by the rhythmic rhymes

of poets who know better but

cannot stop believing that this day

newly birthed will somehow be

the day when no one dies


Jim-AuthorJ. Lewis is an internationally published poet, musician, and nurse practitioner. His poetry and music reflect the complexity of human interactions, sometimes drawing inspiration from his experience in healthcare. When he is not otherwise occupied, he is often on a kayak, exploring and photographing the waterways near his home in California.








The Bohemian by Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo

a wandering soul
lost in a world of his own
a vagabond perhaps,
a kindred spirit
moving free from a world of chaos,
he dares to be different
from a sea of fools trying to fit in.

an era of madness
illusions of a perfect refuge
to a mystic like him,
ridiculed from within
the phantom outcast they label the pitiful man,
for refusing to follow the ordinary crowd
who continually mocks him.

to live like a hermit
far from the privy eyes
of men in vain,
he created a sanctuary
only he can understand,
living in unconventional ways set him apart
from the shallow-brained maddening flock.

his masterpieces can change this ill world at a glance
if only his voice is to be given a chance
no one knows his heart is full of love for mankind,
and yet almost all those he met are deaf and blind
selfish ones only thinking of what they can get,
instead of giving a piece of them
and truly experience life.




Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo is a Professional Feature Writer/Creative Writer/Journalist/Travel Writer/Published International Poet and Author/ Editor/Proofreader/Speaker. She was born on August 19, 1973 in Manila, Philippines.

Elizabeth is a multi-awarded and widely-published contemporary writer/poet/artist and the author of “Seasons of Emotions” (UK), and “Inner Reflections of the Muse” (USA). Her international recognitions include 2nd Place for “Poet of the Year, 2013” in an international poetry contest of Destiny to Write Publications in the UK with her first international poetry book, “Seasons of Emotions” in 2nd Place for “Book of the Year, 2013”. Winning Strategies Magazine, USA also awarded her as the “Over-all Winner in the Winning Strategies International Winners Award” for her positive influence in her community and around the world last 2013. She also has been awarded as an “Inspirational Poet” at the PENTASI B World Friendship Poetry Celebration and Historical Forum held at the National Museum of the Philippines last 2013.

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