Darker days, Brighter nights by Okigbo David
The night seemed as clear as day
As I moved through the darkness
Floating past smoky plumes of delicious fumes
A blissful residue of my unholy habits.
I had once been blind
Clueless of my existence
Stuck in the cataclysm of my life
I dived into blue waters
Sinking deeper with every swim.
But then, I learnt to breath smoke
Opening my eyes to the sights
I saw the room glare brilliantly
Ablaze with lurid lights
Flickering hues like from a disco ball
Converged to sooth the depths of my retina.
As dream and reality coalesced before my eyes
Into blurry pixels of visions
That I could feel but not touch
I saw the mighty face of God
Staring proudly from my dressing mirror.
I felt him whisper beautiful words into my mind
Words I understood without hearing.
I heard the thumping of my heart’s drum
As it swayed carefreely to the melody.
The music was a part of me
Flowing from my vein, into my ear
I didn’t need the waves of a radio
To hear my soul sing
Or the talents of a jockey
To cause my hip to hop.
I watched the salty sorrows of my past days
Evaporate to lumps of cumulonimbus
And in the instance of that moment
I understood the meaning of joy.
Then the sun rose abruptly from its slumber
Awoken by the long arm of the clock
Its callous rays
Wiped the powdery taste of bliss
From the taste buds of my tongue.
And as its golden glow
Gloomed the coloured lights
I became human once again.