and so it goes...

Ofem Ubi

and so it goes…

two boys neck-deep in a boiling argument
talking about which album is best
Made In Lagos or A Better Time

a man calls beer the devil’s urine
you do not swallow poison and expect to blossom

a boy regurgitates the faces of exes
ruminating on Celine Dionic times
one more heartbreak and his heart becomes a cold-room

certain foundations turned children into lamp-holders
how many more change-makers do we need

one boy thinks his life an adaptation of a Nollywood film
doesn’t know which

father turns river to search engine
did you mean: Chijioke
traumatic is the missing of an offspring
till we meet to part no more or not
the lab welcomes another cadaver

girl holds masterclass with friends
lecturing of how a boy’s body is a British accent:
sharp like new born razor
slicing everything it collides with

a writer gets called sachet Shakespeare on Facebook

the bird app is a warfront for a country
Nigeria; sachet hell fire
the synonym for a barbwire

Ofem Ubi is a poet, photographer, and film maker from Nigeria,
shortlisted for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize, 2018, and
published in the Deep Dreams Anthology. He seeks to fuse art genres
into documentation, presently using film, music, poetry, and
photography to tell time and archive the present.

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