Olaniyan Ajibola: Fragile words (30 Days, 30 Voices)

by Olaniyan Ajibola


In the height of my fervor;
in the intoxication of my emotions.
At that moment when my heart is in control,
when my brain is soaked in chemicals
and my blood flows with concentrated hormones;
I said those words.

Now that I arise from my stupor
and awaken from my drunkeness.
Now that my eyes’ redness blur,
and my feet’s strength return.
When my senses nudge me,
then I remembered;
I said those words.

I had created a vast ocean.
One once filled with fishes and corals,
now red with lethal Dinoflagellates.
All in her, after
I said those words.

My mind sings my desire.
Oh! If I could turn the clock’s hands.
Then I saw the vision,
displayed on refined diamond.
With a background theme ‘broken calabash’;
I said those words.

They are eggs;
angry or Happy.
Only the ground state is stable.
Broken glass pieces.
I wish I hadn’t but,
I said those words.


Olaniyan Nathaniel – An undergraduate studying microbiology who has a passion for writing.

30 Days, 30 Voices series is an opportunity for young Nigerians from across the world to share their stories and experiences – creating a meeting point where our common humanity is explored.

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