Photography © Ira Joel Haber


Tears of Scorching Sun

Tears of blazing sun, of which smile
Was once hung unto our gaze.
When will the rumble of clouds echo from heaven?
That man may espy manna
And live like methuselah.

My tears may tear the naysayers
Roaming streets smearing the virus
Do we blame them ravenous?
Will they die before this malady?
Or will their expired hairs surrender to their fallacy?

My unending tears for ‘locum tenens’
In the realm of Medicine
Dancing disco with death,
Drummed not far from home
Tears of scorching sun!

Daily I witness billion rains
Rusting my sagged cheek,
As I ream streams of poetry,
Impecunious, wishing to drink my sob away
With expired air, weaved with wisdom of impending doom.

As I goggle the clock,
Tic-tac, tic-tac they evaporate
When shall this be over?
Pandemonium of the pandemic

O!!! God, bring back our smile!!


Ugwu Leonard Elvis with the pseudonym “Leonard D Great” is the author of titled Echoes of the invisible 2017 (published by Author House, USA). He compiled the Anthology of Peace for the World Union of Poets (WUP) published by Atunis poetry 2016. His poems have been published in websites, newspapers, magazines and notable anthologies. He is the “Big Squire” of the World Union of Poets, a laureate at Wold Nations Writers Union (WNWU) and former co-ordinator of the Creative Writers Association of Nigeria (CWAN) Enugu state chapter. Currently, he works at the Arts faculty center, University of Nigeria Nsukka.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Creative Artists Public Service Grant (CAPS), two Pollock-Krasner grants, two Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grants and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. in 2017 & 2018 he received the Brooklyn Arts Council SU-CASA artist-in-residence grant.