Haruna Garba

Gold Star - 5,041 Points (February 12,1958 / Dagauda, Bauchi State, Nigeria)

Mens' Hobby Alone - Poem by Haruna Garba

Men's hobby
Hobby for the brave
Action done among hostile parties
Manning the thicket like world war troops
But this to give no hart a chance
No deer a chance
No any prey a chance

Their groups
Our group
In multitudes we turn out
Full of boasts
Everybody have mouthful of them
A hobby done amidst hostile parties

Men's hobby alone
To give no hart a chance
Give no deer a chance
Give no any prey a chance

Men's hobby alone
Proving themselves when a prey falls
For each has right to a share
When a prey falls



Men's hobby alone
Crazily scrambling for a share to bag home

Men's hobby alone
Done crazily by injudicious use of battle tools

Men's hobby alone
Each with distinct anthem to himself
His praise sung by inciters
Maddened by hooting horn

Men's hobby alone
Brave men's job alone
Here is where bravery is a common claim
Claimants called in turn
Before the arguer recite their boasts

Men's hobby alone
Each wearing black sleeveless gear
Carries crooked staff, machete and sling

Topic(s) of this poem: hero

Form: Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Hunting in northern Nigeria is a hobby meant for the male sex. Even at that, only those men who claim guts engage in it. They claim possession of anti-blade so that no blade can harm them. They appear in some unusual attire called bush gear as they go hunting.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 18, 2016

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 20, 2016


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