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The Birth of a New Song is Now

Who taught birds how to sing? I don't know.
Life is a miracle: how birds strung songs
with sweet serene melodious tone and flap
their wings as backups, painting the world
into a nirvana. There's a bird in my mother's neck.
Those glorious days, she flew it and our room
became colourful so much that every thing
you touch becomes a rainbow. And the day
a snake fed on my father's flesh, I learnt birds
have different songs for different haps,
and different tones for different songs.
I heard my mother sing a dirge which in a way
made my father fight the fang left in his flesh.
And healing is a new colourful rainbow. A song.
Our room is a world I talk about. There's no mother
here. We are still here. No glorious days to make us
want to touch the sky. Everything alive are dry
pillars because nothing is alive; no healthy air,
no hugging, no kissing, no handshake and nowhere
is safe. Safety itself is no longer safe in its own hands.
How then do we show love to a body in need of life?
Picture the frame of boy's body lost in a war
that inherited his eyes, legs and limbs.
How do we flow him into a sea, into living?
We have them, everywhere: those with feeble bones,
broken skeletons and dead bodies to plant.
We still have those who want to celebrate
what is left of love. Even us - we can't roam
places, not even our rooms. We've become birds
with broken wings but colourful voices.
What better time than this to sing a song of hope,
a song to carry in our mouth, everywhere
since nothing seems certain: this one too shall pass.

Blessing Omeiza Ojo was born in Omavi, Okehi LGA, Kogi State,
Nigeria. He obtained National Diploma in Chemical Engineering from
Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, Nasarawa State. He won the 9th Korea-
Nigeria Poetry Prize (Ambassador Special Prize) with his poem,
‘Arirang.’ He has been published in several anthologies online and in
print. He has as well co-edited a collection of poems entitled,
Ocean of
. He is on Facebook as Blessing Omeiza Ojo.

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Previously published in
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Published April 20, 2020

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The Birth of a New Song is Now

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