One of the joys of the journey has been collaborative writing…duet poems. Today I have been re-reading and thinking about a poem written about two years ago with my friend Blessing Ojo, and thought I’d share it here.
DAYS LIKE THIS
My eyes witnessed death’s coronation,
the marching of his battalions
a thunderclap that startles peaceful
minds, makes them spread their wings
and take to the sky in panic.
And I rashly took the snapshot of peace
running off. I posted it, that photo.
But the reactions to it! I could never
have imagined there were so many
on the side of war
who were so proud to see death crowned
and marching in the shade
cast by the wings of his vulture wazirs.
Then, the light of hope eloped too
to escape holocaust.
That, I couldn’t snapshot
for it passed fleetingly.
— Blessing Ojo & Halima Ayuba (Laura M Kaminski), 2016
Keep staring in the direction of hope…try to capture every glimpse of light, no matter how small or fleeting.
Stay blessed, my friends.