John Onyeme

Rookie - 28 Points (26 December,1990 / Delta State)

Uninvited River - Poem by John Onyeme

How will I cry?
This river has swallowed my tears
My whole happy heart it tears
Leaving my mouth to cry...oh why!

All the hard earnings are gone!
Shelter, food; comfort all ruined
A wicked start-afresh dude!
This sent river thinks it's fun?

Poor dwellers towing almost houses on their heads
Combing quickly every daily breads
Tomorrow will be sore and unsure
For today starts and unending war!

Those living safe from this war,
Won't understand...cos they never saw;
This river wickedly pregnant and lousy
Delivered boas, reptiles that claimed dwellers' houses

Wish not your enemy flood disaster
Be you such a curse master
Flood, a terrible relative to hell
The end of it is too heavy to tell


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was written in sympathy with those who were troubled by flood in part of Nigeria and other places in the world. The scene is like an abrupt war that wiped away all what they have lived and suffered for. Like a rabbit chased out of its poor home by smoke. Worse still, the peasants were the ones terribly affected; chasing them away from their innoncent villages. And these villages are mothers to the cities, providing them with fresh food crops and more. We were not affacted physically, but were at heart and stomach. We're deeply sorry.

Comments about Uninvited River by John Onyeme

  • (11/20/2012 4:12:00 PM)


    beautiful poem-I enjoyed reading it-thank you for sharing (Report) Reply

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  • Efe Benjamin (11/18/2012 12:08:00 PM)


    dis poem is so thoughtful, n creative, n sad also, its really sad d level of destruction dis flood has caused, we pray it ends soon. its really a nice poem, kip writin' frnd.. (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (11/18/2012 8:36:00 AM)


    Flood can be really devastating.
    I pray for strengtth and the best for all affected
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 18, 2012

Poem Edited: Sunday, November 18, 2012


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