Hello people who are actually paying attention to my series,
I’m continuing with another African poem. This one is a sad one by Gbanabom Hallowell which tells the story of the eleven year old Sierra-Leonean war. Get yourself some tissues before reading because if you actually read it with your imaginative mind, you might cry.
Without further ado, I present to you, lovely readers, The Dining Table:
Dinner tonight comes with
gun wounds. Our desert
tongues lick the vegetable
strong enough to push scorpions
up our heads. Guests
look into the oceans of bowls
as vegetables die on their tongues.
that gathers us is an island where guerillas
walk the land while crocodiles
surf. Children from Alphabeta with empty palms dine
with us; switchblades in their eyes,
silence in their voices. When the playground
is emptied of children`s toys
who needs roadblocks? When the hour
to drink from the cup of life ticks,
cholera breaks its spell on cracked lips
Under the spilt
milk of the moon, I promise
to be a revolutionary, but my Nile, even
without tributaries comes lazy
upon its own Nile. On this
night reserved for lovers of fire, I’m
full with the catch of gun wounds, and my boots
have suddenly become too reluctant to walk me.
Did you get the emotions? How did you understand this? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks for reading. 🙂