There are no ventilators here,

But there are many beds.


Doctors and nurses

adjust and readjust their masks

out of habit.


Panic inhabits each heartbeat,

will symptoms visit?


Two weeks morph into two years,

And we, the quarantined

morph into statistics.




Obehi Aigiomawu, is a Nigerian writer and author of the anthology Of Humans written under the pen name, VESSEL. Her poems have been featured in the Benjamin Coffey short film “Amorette”, the 2016/2017 Poets in Nigeria journals, and acclaimed literary blog, Brittle Paper. She studied English and Literature at the University of Benin and is currently working on her first novel, Black Sheep. Her Instagram handle is @vessel_poetry.

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