Obute Gabriel

(11-04-1983 / Warri, Delta State Nigeria)

The 24hrs of Life


The 24hrs of Life
Once upon a time
I couldn’t hear myself
Appearing in an unfamiliar environment
With tears and screaming
Pampered, but still not confortable
With so much enticement
Um…… I had no choice

Once upon a time
I could hear loudly and clear
Speak and shout
The environment became familiar
I was made to understand everything is free
And so beautiful
If i must know
Everything is at my service

Once upon a time
The enticement begins to fade away
As the wind of life
Blows from the four corners of the earth
Living me with so many thought
As my belief begins to fail
I screamed! Till my voice fade away
But no one to rescue

Oh! Once upon a time
I pick up courage from the wind
To prevent the storm of life
I must fight back
I must return my former joy
Where everything is free
Oh the harder I fight the more
Harder it becomes

Once upon a time
I must get an assist
I must device a technique to survive
This journey is horrible
Can’t just find the right answers
Even as thought envelops my mind
Oh! I need someone
I need someone to pant me on my shoulders
I need someone to cheer me up
I need someone to say I care about how you feel


Oh! Once upon a time
I sat down to look at my story
And all I have fought for
All was in vain and vanity
Even as there was no more strength to fight
Oh! I have to go home
I have to rest
I can’t fight no more
I’m giving up on this 24hrs of life

Submitted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Stanza 1
The writer described when a child is born into this world, he/she cries and the parents pamper and show care with everything just to make the baby happy

Stanza 2
The baby has grown, can speak, run and could do everything while the parents still provide his entire basic requirement and others.

Stanza 3
It describe the early stages when the child becomes an adult where the parents allows the child to start solving problem on his own and those enticement begins to fade away

Stanza 4
It described the later stage of the child adult life, when the child begins to struggle hard for his future i.e when he starts working to make things for himself (i.e providing his basic amenities)

Stanza 5
The child has to pause and think, oh! The journey of life is not easy, even with all the struggling; um… I must get a company to keep me happy, assist and encourage me even when I’m weak or strong

Stanza 6
It describe the final the stage of the child’s life, when he has grown old, he sits and look at life in general and all he has fought for, oh! There is nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing, I can take out of life, so I just have to go back the way I came leaving this world of ours

I was inspired, the way and manner many children are been born into these world (i.e some without a silver spoon, while others with silver spoon) . But regardless of that everyone has the same 24hrs of life

I dedicate this poem to God, the author of inspiration, my lovely mother and everyone around me.

I wrote this poem at home with a thought of how life begins and how it’s going to end.

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