There was a Madonna and Child
when everything changed
and the sun closed its fist against them/ fists of vinegar
and the wind carried them away
to yonder land from whence
they might never return
This Madonna and Child
in a tent drowned in stench of cholera and diarrhea;
empty bellies, glaring ribs and hungry stares
with failing steps crowned with labour
that betray the smile they show
in the face of a camera
This was the Madonna and Child
of which none could compare;
others stood on pedestals of gold and silver
with an entourage of candle lights
In a tent plastered with dry remains.
Others had long ceased to care
but she would never forget
the memory of
the Child’s first cry
This Madonna never forgets
the pride of a mother
which she learnt from her momma/ while on native soil.
As she parts the dusty left-over hair she can find,
and plants a kiss on his weary head,
When will this be next?
On momma’s soil?
St JohnKay, born Adimike John Owen Ebubechukwu, is a burgeoning Nigerian writer. He is a youth advocate and a humanist who delights in reading, writing, music and imagination. He enjoys chess, volleyball and a number of other sports. He currently lives in Ibadan, Nigeria where he is pursuing a degree in Philosophy.