African Poems

Lenrie Peters (The Fence)

There where the dim past and future mingle
their nebulous hopes and aspirations
there I lie.

There where truth and untruth struggle
in endless and bloody combat,
there I lie.

There where time moves forwards and backwards
with not one moment’s pause for sighing,
there I lie.

There where the body ages relentlessly
and only the feeble mind can wander back

there I lie in open-souled amazement

There where all the opposites arrive
to plague the inner senses, but do not fuse,
I hold my head; and then contrive
to stop the constant motion.
my head goes round and round,
but I have not been drinking;
I feel the buoyant waves; I stagger

It seems the world has changed her garment.
but it is I who have not crossed the fence,
So there I lie.

There where the need for good
and “the doing good” conflict,
there I lie.

Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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  • Oyibo Nelson (6/16/2018 1:59:00 AM)

    true the world changed her garment...and it seems the untruth has won the combat

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (1/14/2017 7:24:00 AM)

    A marvelous write.Love reading..To quote a few lines- -

    It seems the world has changed her garment.
    but it is I who have not crossed the fence,
    So there I lie.

    There where the need for good
    and “the doing good” conflict,
    there I lie.

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  • Kedrix UdjoeKedrix Udjoe (5/16/2016 8:46:00 PM)

    The world has really changed her garment@nice personification. There i lie@nice refrein. You are sitting on the fence without make a choice@ what a delimma

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  • Oladehinde TemitayoOladehinde Temitayo (10/26/2015)

    There where the need for good, the doing good conflict. I just like poem nice work

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  • Babatunde AremuBabatunde Aremu (11/12/2013 3:20:00 AM)

    Thank you for reminding of this poem. I was opportuned to study it for my School cert exams in the late 70s. Great work

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