Poetry / Aremu Adams Adebisi
:: Crowding-out Effect ::
the crowd mopped my tears with phatic decimation. the crowd scraped the olive oil on my skin with a strigil. the crowd contended that flames are infectious and suggested we both apprentice them, me with a subject body, they with their predicate tongues. the crowd engineer my mind, my brain, my thought -process, everywhere thinking is they converge to galvanize me into them. i am afraid the crowd may turn mob pretty soon, so i sheathe my strangeness like a ship's bottom protected from barnacles. only the dead are unruffled by loudness, as the living pay the price of breath heaving to breathe again. the crowd are those i share an affinity with, yet they abound in differences that call for spades and graves. we will rather see us dead than share in human diversity. belief is a worrying affect, sticking like leeches to the skin. you say “come to me, come to me, i will wrap you in my robe, put the flames off.” but you are the crowd without a sanctuary.
From the writer
:: Account ::
As an economics undergraduate, once a lecturer came into class and was talking about the crowding-out effect. It means the government infringing on ventures that would have been left to the market. But the moment this lecturer was saying this, I got a whole new perspective to it, a whole new dimension. Crowding-out here, therefore, should be seen as the pressure of the public on the individuals, the subjective perceptions that everyone are to live by, inconsiderate of individual uniqueness. The poem affirms the need for individual understanding toward tolerance, which unfortunately is lacking, even in the most trustworthy among us.
Aremu Adams Adebisi is a black poet + economist + religionist. He authors works inspired by natural vastness, some of which have appeared or are forthcoming in Rockvale Review, Brittlepaper, Barren Magazine, Laurel Magazine, Terse Journal, Thirdwednesday Magazine, Peeking Cat Poetry, and elsewhere. He seeks to find depth, peace, and tranquility in poetry, exploring the concepts of liberation, empowerment, and existentialism. He recently made the cut for the Best “New” African Poets Anthology 2018 Anthology (Mwanaka Media, 2018) and 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (Brittle Paper, 2018). He can be reached on Twitter @aremudamsbisi