PHOTO-POETRY (ISSUE 5)
Life is… by Ayomide Festus
Tomorrow, I shall sing another dirge.
Not for wasted widows that murmured in the harmattan dust,
Nor for mad men that lost their voices in the last rain that
dropped before drought.
Not for virgins abducted in torn uniforms,
Nor for girls found with maximum sweat
and protruded bellies.
At Crossroads, my tears shall linger.
Not for native men of fallen Biafra,
Nor streets where echoes fell like impotent songs.
Not of the still winds that blew across old graves,
Nor countless burnt bodies of confused statistics
Not for nights where silence is untouched,
Nor for mornings when images fail to form.
When tomorrow shall come,
I shall run as life taught me,
The race in a single lane.
The journey of life…
Ayomide Festus hails from Osun state, Nigeria. He is a final year student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He has won series of competitions including the recent Green Authors Prize.