RUBUNTU*
…for Pelumi

 

I am,
Because
You are alive,
Coding the nights away
With your fingers
Lost on the Qwerty Island
Finding a companion
From a crowd of a million bugs.

You are,
Because
I participate
In your unknown quest,
Trebling the nights away
In remote cold rooms
Running your race
On the Zeroth law.

We are,
Because
We share
The enormous burden
To make this world
Habitable
For both of us —
Man,
and Machine.

*Rubuntu is coined from “Robot” and “Ubuntu” – an African philosophy denoting the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.

Oredola Ibrahim writes from Asaba in Delta State. His works have appeared on VoicesNet, Kalahari Review, Poetryzoo, Kreative Diadem and elsewhere. He has co-edited a Yoruba literary collection titled Àtẹ́lẹwọ́ Pélébé (atelewo.org) in 2018 and has contributed to many other literary collections within and outside Nigeria. He holds a law degree from the University of Ibadan.

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