okoye charles

Rookie - 2 Points (12th Febuary,1988 / Onitsha)

A Walk Through the Cemetry

Whose homes are these, they never say
Both big and small, here they all lay
Among the gnawing rodent and the hungry tick
Ticking while the lonesome time dawdles away

I stood in admiration for this silent race
Sleeping in peace, while flowers sprout in grace
Undisturbed by hate, or jealousy, or greed
For each man knows his final resting place

Amid the pleasant solitude, I a hibiscus pick
Its red petals are gentle, lovely and thick
Outside, the deflowered world awaits
Its' so withered, so appalling, so sick.

A walk through the cemetry, envying the peace
Its real how sheep and wolf both lay in peace
A walk through the cemetry, where all struggle cease
Its real how sheep and wolf both lay in peace

Submitted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Edited: Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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  • Rookie - 29 Points Renu Kakkar (3/3/2012 2:42:00 PM)

    a strong message conveyed here..beautifully expressed..after all this is the final destination of the physical body (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Besa Dede (3/3/2012 12:29:00 AM)

    At the end of the journey of life, we all are equal when we lay in our final bed. again a nice poem. A friendly advice, just mind the grammar a little bit :)) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 4 Points Martin O'Neill (2/29/2012 5:30:00 PM)

    I think this is a fine piece of well observed poetry with a real message. Obviously written from the heart it shows the finer side of you, the poet.
    If you want me to critique the poem from a grammatical viewpoint please message me, I would be happy to do so.
    Well written. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Williams (2/27/2012 5:51:00 PM)

    This is a good poem. I think some words can be taken out so the rhyme feels less forced.In my opinion editing our work is often about getting rid of unrrdrd words.
    I think someone is less likely to finish the read if there is more description, simale or metaphor than required for the poem.
    Like I said though this is a good and well read poem, so verry fer words taken out would make this the epitomic version of this writting. The best we can do is the best we can do..lol. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 325 Points Jim Hogg (12/26/2011 5:23:00 PM)

    Okoye - I like your contrast between the corrupt outside world and the innocence of the cemetery... You recreate a convincing scene with your vivid descriptions... I enjoyed this. jim (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 167 Points Oladehinde J. Ibikunle (12/26/2011 4:00:00 PM)

    Great work, there is beauty in your work. I love poems about death & ephemiralty of life. That means you'll like some of my poems. Read Mortal Me and some of my poems at: www.poemhunter.com/joseph-oladehinde-ibikunle/poems/ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Auroral Lies (12/23/2011 6:06:00 PM)

    i think i finally got what you were trying to say in the last few stanzas. how everything is equal in death? or something along those lines. :) anyway, really awesome poem! (Report) Reply

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