They hold the forte,
They come out of the chambers,
They’re like a tempestuous sea,
He fights to put them under,
They sneak out and trouble him sore,
He wrestles to lock them up,
They break loose and perplex him,
Phantom beings reside in him,
Two sides in one,
Strange thoughts contest to take the wheels,
They shapeshift and metamorphose,
He seeks a way out of the jungle,
He steers his ship to come to land,
The mystery behind walls,
The human curse.
Thompson I. Emate is a graduate of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. His keen interest in creative writing particularly prose and poetry have seen him spend most of his leisure time writing these two. He has his poems, ”Foot Soldier” and “Lilies”, published in a youth magazine. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.