Ebuka came back
at the back of a lorry
from Jos to Owerri
his was the last stop,
the mother
has been crying
for a week now


Ebuka came back
and his mother
ran outside
screaming at her Chi
as the other women
held her back

Mama Ebuka
threw away her head scarf
as she screamed in Igbo
“chukwu!! Chukwu nna!! Ebuka!!
Ebuka nna m!! Nwa mummy!!
Okpala nna! Biko kulie oto!!”
her husband
slowly watched
as the body
was placed
in his Obi


Ebuka came back
and his mother
ran outside
screaming at her Chi
as she hugged the body
of her dead son
begging for him to stop sleeping
begging for him to wake up.

after the crisis 

Ijeoma Umebinyuo