A DYING MAN IN SOMALIA, a poem by Joseph Chukwudiegwu Osita, Nigeria from VoicesNet.com



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A DYING MAN IN SOMALIA, a poem by Joseph Chukwudiegwu Osita, Nigeria


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Joseph Chukwudiegwu Osita, Nigeria



The stick-like drying bones of my little children
Haunt the tom-tom pulse of my heart.
Their electric bulb-like eyes drawn out by starvation's brethren
Mock our nation badly torn apart

By hunger endorsed by pitiless drought
As hope melts in lightning speed, death record boards increase.
Why are we let to perish in this hell sprout
As rain's fury accelerate in degrees?

These silently emitting screams of my dying kids
Slowly kill me before my awaiting death.
Can I hold on with these lashes of starvation’s sticks
As prostration gently lures me to earth?

These well nourished vultures above my thatch
Posing with pride like kings in regalia,
Hopefully await my remains as they perch.
I am a dying man in Somalia

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Smarajit ChowdhuryThe pain of seeing one's children die, while one is helpless by all means is probably the worst possible feeling one can ever have. You have visualized that degree of Pain with real eloquence through verse. The pain is really palpable and the credit belongs to you. Thanks to you Joseph for this marvel!India11/4/2013 1:16:06 PM
Ike Okechukwu GodstimeWow! Joseph wot an extemporaneous delivery, u really did a 9ce work. Keep it up in d nearest future u wil make an upspride. Nigeria8/22/2012 5:12:53 AM
Elias EbukaU can't jump on a tree and became a hero,it start with a step,as u take the first step,try to take the second,third and even d fouth,it just an open secretNigeria4/12/2012 5:15:24 PM
Elias EbukaThants to allmaighty that we can perceive some youth who can perform marvelousely,my dear keep it up Nigeria4/12/2012 5:10:31 PM
Elias EbukaJeo,u are more than what people take's you,keep it up becos. Going down the hill is more easy than to up it,keep ascending for sky is your limiteNigeria4/12/2012 4:51:12 PM
Jacinta RamayahIt saddens me to hear that there is much suffering in Somalia, Joseph, and worse still when innocent children are starving. The image of 'well nourished vultures' is a stark contrast to the plight of the people. Malaysia12/14/2011 10:15:26 AM
Joseph OsitaThank you all for your kind comments. I appreciate your supportsNigeria12/10/2011 9:11:33 AM
S.zaynub Kamoonpuricongrats joseph 4 your heart rending account that gt u well deservd recognition. Cheers, zaynubTanzania12/10/2011 2:18:33 AM
Thelma ZaracostasA very moving poem Joseph, Congratulations on your Ist place you are a wonderful and talented poet,once again a very emotional and moving poem! Australia12/2/2011 7:49:44 PM
Dowell ObaHi Osita, you are turning into one of Nigeria's greatest poets in these contemporary times. I strongly believe your fame need to be established well in Nigeria and not just the international level. So I'd suggest you feature in Nigeria's top leading literal magazine 'Sentinel'. Visit www.sentinelnigeria.org to see the submission guidelines for February issue. Stay blessed always, my man, and thanks for reminding me on how I'm supposed to write as an African poet, embracing our unique domestic imagery. Congratulations! Your priceless imagery reminds me of the renowned African poets of old: Leopold Sedar Senghor and Gabriel Okara. Later my friend...Nigeria11/29/2011 9:32:41 AM
Banjo omogbehinWhat a poem. Well worded and imagery spitting...Nigeria11/29/2011 6:13:51 AM
Nancy CrosslandCongratulations Joseph on writing this highly emotional and moving piece. It is certainly a award winner in my opinion. Thank you for producing and sharing this timely verse as well as a reminder of the stark reality of what is truly occuring. God bless you for your talent and look forward to many more of your fine writings.USA11/28/2011 10:49:15 PM
shane richardsincredible poem joesph it really does show the suffering in your country it makes me sad that these things still occur well written and best wishes to youUK11/28/2011 5:54:50 PM
Joseph OsitaWilliams, I am a Nigerian who knows well the storms those people are passing through. So happy to share the top three with you. Thank you all for your wonderful comments. Nigeria11/28/2011 5:27:45 PM
Kalle HaasYou know this my kind of poem.. The one that will take me away from the vanities of the world.. You know, am so sad and not too surprised about the sad imagery in the poem or the poem winning the contest because I talk more or less on these things on my 'wall' almost everyday and also because I know you are great person and a very good poet and it's just a matter of time before the well deserved honours start pouring in. Fantastic piece of poetry. Thank you for sharing, i thought you was going to call me about it though ;-D. Congrats Bro!!!Nigeria11/28/2011 10:03:20 AM
Nishu MathurCongratulations Joseph! Well done my friend..this was a well written and moving poem. Warmest regards, Nishu India11/28/2011 8:34:59 AM
Oredola Ibrahimhmmm...just touched...nothing but...cheerzzz, a job well done...Joseph!Nigeria11/28/2011 4:12:13 AM
Gail KayCongratulations Joseph on producing a poem of such power with your wonderful imagery. I wish the whole world could read this!Australia11/27/2011 10:52:14 PM
Marcia SchechingerJoseph when I read a poem such as this I am so proud to be a part of VN. With vivid, bold and blundt detail, you take the reader to a place that all might see the plight of the hungery children and the inhumanity of the rich who seem to be blind with wealth. Congratulations on winning first place in the October 2011 Voicesnet poetry contest. Well done.USA11/27/2011 8:51:33 PM
Dwayne RankinJoseph, a well crafted and vivid description of the tragity that strikes in drought plagued nations. There is no way that one can read this poem and not feel the depth of despair in the words. Well deserved of the first place finish. Well done for sure.USA11/27/2011 8:41:15 PM
William WillisHello Joseph,a very harrowing poem which hits home about the terrible humanitarian crisis which is happening in your country as we speak.Many powerful lines,if I may "The stick-like drying bones of my little children Haunt the tom-tom pulse of my heart." These lines pulverise my soul my friend.Images which are hard to forget,the sad images of a starving nation on the brink.Thankyou for this terrific poem and I pray you and your family come through this and indeed see better days.Best wishes and well done in winning October's Voices Net Competition! Wm. Scotland11/27/2011 8:32:34 PM
Nwodo Emmanuel IkennaA well crafted piece... More strength to ur wit, bro.Nigeria10/24/2011 8:36:47 PM
Elizabeth SquiresHello Joseph,a well written topical poem my friend!Cheers Elizabeth.Australia10/4/2011 5:32:00 AM
Joseph OsitaYour sympathetic words show that you really know what somalians are going through. You are a compassionate man, Tony. Thanks for your sympathetic wordsNigeria10/4/2011 4:49:29 AM
Tony GrannellHello Joseph, a powerful poem, raw, depressing and sadly true. We should be ashamed of ourselves. We do so little, tokens, gestures and grand promises. God bless all those great men and women who are on the ground out there, doing what they can with what they have. Your poem though tragic has great worth, a compassionate poet, a true friend of the beautiful people of Somalia. God bless you. My fondest regards, Tony. China10/4/2011 2:24:08 AM
Joseph OsitaEldy, thanks for your comment. Have a nice dayNigeria10/4/2011 1:19:09 AM
Joseph OsitaNishu, people shrouded with such disaster deserves poet's compassion. Thanks for your kind commentNigeria10/4/2011 1:17:37 AM
A great poem Joseph..well written.. (= Regards -Eldy10/4/2011 12:41:44 AM
Nishu Mathur A very touching poem...besides the empathy, the compassion that you have, I think you're a brilliant poet...a very powerful poem...take care, Joseph. Warmest regards, Nishu India10/3/2011 10:14:40 PM
Joseph OsitaSusan, thanks for your commentNigeria10/3/2011 5:51:13 PM
Joseph OsitaDowell,Thank you for saying prayers for people of Somalia. Thousands of kids have died and thousands more are suffering from hunger related ailments.TEARS well in my eyes when I see those kids Nigeria10/3/2011 5:50:25 PM
gr8 poem Joseph good luck in the contest Susan x10/3/2011 1:37:29 PM
Dowell ObaAwesome and touching write, Joseph! I particularly love the effect in you putting yourself within the lines, in a first person perspective, making us feel the pitiable plight of suffering Somalians. We pray for God's divine restoration in suffering nation's of the world. Thanks!Nigeria10/3/2011 12:31:45 PM
Joseph OsitaDanny,Thanks for your commentNigeria10/3/2011 12:25:06 PM
Joseph OsitaEvie,the people of Somalia are really suffering. The drought is very intense. thanks for your kind comment.Nigeria10/3/2011 11:34:17 AM
Danny CoonWell said - dannyUSA10/3/2011 11:06:26 AM
Evie HoeffnerWhat can I say....this absolutely broke my heart and made me grateful for all that I have. A powerful, powerful poem!USA10/3/2011 10:55:01 AM


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