Like an idle rock laid bare on the beach,

The tidal waves of life leave me naked and scorched by the sun’s heat.

Why do my brothers leave me in this sorrow?

Do they not miss me in the ground below?

If life is all about sharing, in good times…

Understanding death and life as two sides of the same coin.

At a certain age in early life, we come to the basic understanding that everything alive must die. We come to realize that death is a part of our known reality and we slowly come to acknowledge its true meaning. We become more conscious of the fact that we need…

Ijeoma my dearest daughter,
I know I’m the last person you’d want to hear from
I hope you’re happy wherever you are
I pray there’s no pain where you read this from.

With so much guilt in my heart, I write you this
I hope it lessens this pain in my heart;
I hope it somehow helps you forgive me
And it dries the tears in my eyes.

Deep down I feel I didn’t do enough
Because why am I still here and you’re not?
I gave you my word,
I promised you that everything would be alright.

I am the father who failed his child,
I meant every word of the promise I made
And in all my promises, I failed you still
Now all I can do is write you in the grave.

Today, I suppose the cat has left the bag
I want to feast my eyes on your breasts and I hope you're not mad.
They say staring at breasts increase the lifespan of a man
By helping him forget about everything sad.

I long to witness all that glow;
The unfaded…

Sweat on his brows and bruises on his shin
The warm feel of the sun on his face
And a racing heart pumped up by adrenaline.
It is street football with his mates
that Obi knows is the love of his being.

Smack in the middle of the road
The field is set, all complete…

Na pesin wey dey alive dey chop life
If you die tomorrow, there’s no enjoying the things of the present
Why not indulge; gift your soul that delightful moment
We only live once and not forever.

Na pesin wey dey alive dey enjoy small things
Friends, family and all the little things
Laugh, love, forgive and live free,
For the dead know nothing of the joys of living.

Na pesin wey alive dey chop belle full
Enjoy the things that bring you meaning
Let your life be full of happiness and be fulfilling
Let your light shine and be a beacon.

Na pesin wey dey alive dey suffer
If you die tomorrow, your struggles will be over
Why not hold on, and push through with hope and fervor
All things end, and death is not a bad thing either.

Sometimes I feel there is nothing left for me here

This place is desolate, so unforgiving, and like a cold den

Where is the reward for all my sweat, I wonder

Day in, day out I roam in search of meaning and sustenance yonder.

Certainly, if there is a chance…

I always dreamed to be a pilot

A sportsman, actor and what not

I’m only twenty-five

But I speak like all that is beyond me now.

Is it too early to give up my dreams?

To move them forward to another lifetime is too hasty, it seems

But how can I find the courage to chase my dreams;

To leave all I’ve built behind, and build anew.

No, I’ve come too far to change paths now

You know what they say about a bird in hand

Why venture out into uncertainty

When what I do now takes care of me.

In life you take what you can get

It’s not meant to be rosy, is it now?

I may not be happy where I am

But I’ll leave those dreams for another life

Ikenna Nwakanma

Veterinarian and lover of great thoughts. Writing, for me, is both self-expression and release.

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