Academic journal article Cross / Cultures

Madding Crowd (for Esiaba Irobi and Kofi Awoonor)

Academic journal article Cross / Cultures

Madding Crowd (for Esiaba Irobi and Kofi Awoonor)

Article excerpt

Two men in the waiting room of a labour ward

The waiting room is a meeting place of strangers

Man is a lighthouse on a lonely beach

Woman is a boat on a crowded shore

A child is a guest at a port of disembarkation

Two men sharing a Scotch in the waiting room

The labour ward is a port of call and a sacristy

The yell of a mother

The howl of a child

The sigh of a father

The confessionals of two men on a binge

Pour like rounds of Scotch in a waiting room

Cries of mother and child pierce the ears of walls

The secrets of men in the waiting room

Flow like Scotch in the labour ward of memory.

[Author Affiliation]

Obiwu is a Nigerian American international scholar and writer who has published widely and taught at universities in Nigeria and the USA. …

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