Illustration © Eric N. Peterson



Here comes Covid-week
A monochromatic mishmash
With Monday
No different from Sunday
And Tuesday
No different from Saturday
A week of identical septuplets
Birthed by a viral mother
With each day a chore
Endured like okro soup’s languid draw
When eaten with TV’s terrible staple
Monday’s ex-sartorial corporate
Giving way to homebound sartorial indifference
Tired Tuesday tagging on tattered tails
Wednesday glides anonymously past
Full of midweek blues
As does Thursday
Cold water poured on Friday’s elation
With Saturday’s fiesta a suspended animation
And Sunday on living room couches
Instead of church pews
With the couch’s depression
Straining to rise
Like dough with insufficient baking powder.


Mike Ekunno goes after sensory beauty to relieve a difficult world. He is published in over a couple dozen journals including: Bridge Eight, The First Line, Crack the Spine, Nzuri Journal, The Hamilton Stone Review, Gambling the Aisle, Warscapes, bioStories, BRICKrhetoric, The Transnational, Thrice Fiction Magazine, Rigorous, Dark Matter Journal, Bullet Pen and Storymoja, the last two coming with wins in continental contests. A freelance book editor and ghost biographer, his debut children’s book, Cowboy Lamido, was released by Hapicom Publishers.

Eric N. Peterson is from Atlanta, Ga. He’s been drawing cartoons all his life. He leans towards the absurd, imaginative, and the surreal, as that’s where all the flavor is.