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(12th february 1991 / Anambra state in Nigeria)

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Departing is such a sweet sorrow
From dunghills and ghettos
My true life i leave behind
Tears bite my eyes but i wont cry
The anguish of joy is my lot

Like a traveller i trode this unending journey
With my burdens i carry like a donkey
I have seen the beauty of loneliness
And the sadness of companionship
Fantasy is an opium i crave for
Wandering in this wilderness
Like the Israelites and asking
Questions like the pharisees and sadducees

I shall depart nevertheless
To find a land filled with happiness
With the splendor that nature presents
Watching the lizard run around
Hearing birds sing their songs
The dew polishing the leaves
With a diamond coloured polish
Watching the art of nature
I will find this land someday

Submitted: Thursday, October 07, 2010
Edited: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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When i left our former residential area, leaving my friends and the enviroment inspired me.

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  • Ramesh Rai (11/22/2011 2:01:00 AM)

    Really departing is a sweet sorrow. nice poem. well expressed

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  • Uche Chidozie (9/24/2011 3:59:00 PM)

    for real, you can manipulate words to soothe any context, you r good, nice imagery! ! !

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