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five pieces - uchechukwu onyedikam and christina chin



island

paradise—

deep inside

the red corallium reefs

first taste of scuba dive









a cloud 

of swooping

swallows—

snapdragons 

sprout









an oil spill 

melts into the river 

Niger Delta

breathing

and drinking oil









bunkering 

silence of the law

chewing slowly

the black market 

fuel boom









poverty ravaged land

beauty under its feet

environmental damage

the gold 

depleted mines






Christina Chin is a painter and haiku poet from Malaysia. She is a four-time recipient of top 100 in the mDAC Summit Contests, exhibited at the Palo Alto Art Center, California. 1st prize winner of the 34th Annual Cherry Blossom Sakura Festival 2020 Haiku Contest. 1st prize winner in the 8th Setouchi Matsuyama 2019 Photohaiku Contest. She has been published in numerous journals, multilingual journals, and anthologies, including Japan's prestigious monthly Haikukai Magazine.


Uchechukwu Onyedikam is a Nigerian mad creative artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. His poems have appeared in Amsterdam Quarterly, Brittle Paper, Poetic Africa, Hood Communists, The Hooghly Review, and in print anthologies. Christina Chin and he have co-published Pouring Light on the Hills (2022), and forthcoming release — CLOUDS OF PINK from LJMcD Communications, 2024.

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