Noose tightens my neck.
Whispering effects of overdose.
Better to be there than here.
Nothing to feel here but emptiness.
Let me let go, my head echoes.
There’s nothing in this place.
Everywhere is empty.
Hardship from the task master, life.
No one cares.
Fears, tears, sorrow are coverings.
I lay and wake with loneliness.
Inadequacies clenched their fists round my heart.
I must end it now.
Leave every toil and this soil.
No one should wail for me.
There’s nothing left for me.
What do I hear?
Rattling of father’s dentition.
Siblings looking for my smile.
Friends at loss and in pains.
They don’t understand.
The emptiness of life.
Can’t explain the emptiness hereafter.
Is there bloom of summer?
The choir of birds,
Endless paintings of nature?
Mother’s loving and reassuring smile.
The touch of bae on my face.
I choose to remain.
Can’t be hoodwinked by the noose.
Never to be a coward.
To face and bear the war with dignity.
In filling the void brought by emptiness of life.
Written by : Adekemi Oluseyi Kolapo