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Enobong Ernest Enobong: Opacity & Lekki Night


life has many metaphors for the cloaks some of us wear on our souls…
many metaphors for evenings when a semi-corpse
walked the lighted streets
of a university campus

& no one screamed.

for instance,
i know gardens do grow in graveyards
but flowers can never be a name for the grief left by the bodies that lay
six feet under.

and so i can swear. i can swear,
all around us, are countless monochrome minds posing —
++++++++++++ like summer scarecrows —
behind colour cameras.
so we cannot see.

i can swear,
some breaths have two masks on them.
& some bodies are heavy dirges out-sung by the
opaque karaoke of a city life.

so we cannot hear.


Lekki Night

in a shrill Lagos October night,
some people sent us a synopsis of the Holocaust;
and a wake of vultures visited a city road.
on that paved Lagos way—lightless, cameraless—
darkness allied with death,
and a night-abattoir was born.

& i remember certain boys who knelt beside their slaughtered brother
and screamed in their dialect,
“in whose hands do you leave us?
how do we survive, brotherrr?!!!”

that night,
echoes of grief ricocheted around the walls of a bereaved nation.
that night,
muzzles etched jigsaws in the retina of a democracy.

Lekki toll, death toll…
it was a shrill Lagos night.
we know.
may we never forget.


Poetry (c) Enobong Ernest Enobong
Image by Jonas Svidras from Pixabay (modified)

Enobong Ernest Enobong
Enobong Ernest Enobong
Enobong Ernest Enobong is a Nigerian poet and award-winning essayist. His poems are mostly centred on memories, psycho-social experience, humanity, Black, Africanism, and mythology. He is a Best of the Net Nominee of Arts Lounge Magazine (2021). His poem featured in the 2021 SprinNG Afro-Eros anthology To Borrow Screams from the Atmosphere. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in Praxis Magazine, Brittle Paper, Ghost City Press, The Shallow Tales Review, Arts Lounge, Acorn Haiku Journal, African Writer Magazine, Kalahari Review, Wales Haiku Journal, & elsewhere. He is a staunch believer in the power of memories, the formative years of children and the pro-African gospel of Professor P.L.O. Lumumba of Kenya. He writes from Lagos, and is currently a law student at the University of Lagos, Akoka.

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