After MA370

By Uche Ogbuji

Bund and White, Richard Forjoe

Bund and White, Richard Forjoe

Shipping carpets water below approaching

Changi, banking over the storied port's spout

End which funnels Strait of Malacca traffic—

Iron illusion.

 

Broken not far east as the tedium reaches

Even transport flying fifteen KM per

Second—large beyond the conceit of any

Mind, this Pacific.

 

Large beyond the rescue of 200 lost

Souls, a titan mystery at iron-clad scale,

Struck the more in horror as water gulps all

Form as of nothing.

 

Hulking grey wave after unmarked wave disgorges

Foam on cold beachcombers at one unsung cape

North of Portland, only a jot of brine ink,

Yet it engulfs us.

 

Even our brave daughter recoils in gyre eyes

Sensing just how lethal one cubic meter,

Never mind this edge on unending substance,

All-swallowing hallowed.


Uche Ogbuji, born in Calabar, Nigeria, lived in Egypt, England and elsewhere before settling near Boulder, Colorado. A computer engineer and entrepreneur by trade, his poetry chapbook, Ndewo, Colorado (Aldrich Press, 2013) is a Colorado Book Award Winner, and a Westword 2015 Award Winner ("Best Environmental Poetry"). His poems, published worldwide, fuse Igbo culture, European classicism, American Mountain West setting, and Hip-Hop influences. Among other editorial projects he runs @ColoradoPoetry on Twitter, co-created and co-hosts the Poetry Voice podcast. A selection of his poems was included in the Best New African Poets 2015 anthology. He was a finalist for Nigeria's 2016 Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize.

Richard Forjoe is a Photography, Design & Art enthusiast and these creative outlets have always been a constant variable in his life.