A little tablet of wonder

A Little Tablet of Wonder by Umar Sidi

If you are caught up in a dark traffic jam
on the noon of a good Friday in the year 2011 anno domini,
while reading a fresh book of poems
if you encounter an imposing apparition of the god of road
silhouetted between two mighty highways
if you are to offer a convincing mantra
a chant or a praise song as a requirement
for a miraculous passage through this dark traffic
and if you decide to say:

I approach you, O Lord, as a ripened book of poems
in which each little poem is a fruit
each a thinker’s first strand of thought
each a poet’s brewing kettle of tea
each a philosopher’s stone
each a Sufi wine of love
each a rainbow on a canvas of words
each a rumbling of a silent thunder
each a rose in the garden of metaphor
each a glamorous smile from an invisible damsel
each a conquering armada of ships in ocean of sand

O Lord of the mighty highway,
I still very much approach you
as a book in which each poem is a spring of awe
If you open your eyes solemnly
you witness a vision of a disappearing traffic

if you open your eyes even more
you observe that the gap between you
and the car ahead is fast vanishing
like the distance between the god of road
and god of words as superimposed
on the cover of a fresh book of poems


About The Poet
Umar Sidi is a helicopter pilot with the Nigerian Navy, he lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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