All In A Name

All In A Name

If you want to get the word out, you can telegraph, telephone or tell-a-woman… :)

 

SUGHUR-SHA-TER-AÔNDO-KWA-HEMBA-U-GA

 

Sughur-sha-ter-aôndo-kwa-hemba-u-ga

Screams my name

Fully knit without the apostrophe

Cutting the impact of a lot

 

It was the same 28 letters

Singing distortingly beautiful lips

That gave me thoughts

You asked what it was

“Like it?”

There wasn’t a smiling affirmation

So goes Grandmother’s treasure into the bin

Of collection of few relations

Welcome the apostrophe Su’

For the English half of mine

 

Family considers me a traitor

But I care not:

She can pronounce this name.

To emblaze the honour of my revered birth promise

Goes for every Tiv name promises

A fortune – a prophecy of forever

The burning sun no longer hurt

For her singing my new 7 letters

Was a balm in the night

Taking me to bliss…

Night bliss coolly floatingly in the

Harmattan air, lovingly

Assisted with her caresses

And appreciate moans of two letters engineered by

“Su’…”

 

Not a single letter does she call now

A better named other claiming her

With my love and load taking

I try to claim back my name:

“Put your trust in God, nothing will ever win you –

You’ll always triumph…”

 

A name’s prophecy stands supreme…

And it takes just a little while

Aôndo lifting me to greater heights

Her crumbling and a new lady

Who insists to know the half of my name

Or change it…

“I stand tall, without short forms

A man trusting God, holding to traditions ever

Sughur-sha-ter-aôndo-kwa-hemba-u-ga

 

 

LONELY SOULS

The thawing grip

The cold claws clutching

Freezing one’s heart

The forlorn feelings…

 

These are the dances learnt

To a song unsung

The lonely music of lonely souls

 

 

 

 

 

Selah.



20 thoughts on “All In A Name” by Sueddie Agema (@sueddie)

  1. Master, i hail. The first poem is awesome. Your grandma did good.

  2. Who should I telephone to pronounce this name for me; now I am really thinking hard….
    I love the flow of the lines in the poem.

  3. love the second more

  4. Ur name wan damage all of my teeth! >_<

    Nice poems bro.

  5. Good lines. Seems prosaic. Tells a complete story…. Love it.

  6. Ol’boy you wan change your name cos of woman…….lol.

    Very beautiful poetry both.Enjoyed reading them.

    Well done!!!

  7. it ‘s beautiful,I think I have to study it.

  8. Me na free I free the name.

    Well done.

  9. Thanks o!! Where I wan start from…ehem, where does one begin…@kaycee, actually na persona you dey refer to o! :) I have a strange feeling that is the only part of the poem that has some connection to me – was an Aunt who gave the name though. @strongself: we can attempt some phonology…kai, but the name enter teeth…taught @emmanuella and @jeff unaegbu the way to pronounce and they just stuck! @smartfingers @rasheed @easylife: thanks. @raymond: hmm, damage teeth indeed! it would be a favour…at least, some blood wouldn’t be spilled all over!
    @khadijah @seun-odukoya: many thanks….:)

  10. @sueddie
    I had rather stick to Su’eddie..
    To my ears, it sounds sexy..
    Sughur-sha-teh-aôndo..
    Where did simplicity go?.
    Kwa-hemba-u-ga..
    Dis I sure won’t remember..

    I love d second for its simplicity in painting loneliness..

    Well done Su’..

  11. @Sibbylwhyte if I must tell you this in trust
    You do sound like the lady who made the round
    Turn and made me take a name for fun
    Love the name, or not – it would be a game

    Our fores – ancestors meant different in days yore
    And so, I remain unflinching of Su’eddie’s sexiness
    TO maintain my name’s carrying dizziness…
    In blessings of Aondo ever more raising…

    C’mon, I know…Amazing how our languages flow with us, abi? :) Thanks and no wahala…for you, I would even be S’…

    1. Hehe…*chinese accent* Master Su’..U know where dis is going..I am taking it to d temple of d flying winks..it will be written in the scrolls of d monks..

  12. Haha! Issokay. I think I’d just go with @sibbylwhyte.

    *borrows chinese accent for a flimsy second as she calls* Master Su’ *in the sexiest voice ever*. Haha.
    Nice write. :)

  13. Now you all know why I remain myself! @dr2103: careful with the voice… the reply would be in some deep husky voice of course! ;) Woof!

  14. @sueddie…Tah!! who dash U husky voice??..Mr Froggie…hehe

  15. aturmercy (@aturmercy)

    I’m really enjoying these poems I’ve been reading today…this one too. Nice.

  16. sibbylwhyte: Hmm. Even frogs have princess fall in love with them, y’know? But, frog voice ba? Hmm…
    @aturmercy: Thanks, very much. Mighty nice of you to drop a compliment. Means much. Can you remember any of the poems you read…so that I too may follow and get some good read? ;) Good morning!

  17. shai (@shaifamily)

    Guy, u know I like way u write? @Sueddie

    This was nice. But u know what? I loved the second piece most….it is like a surgical knife going to the heart of the matter.

  18. @shaifamily: why on earth am I just seeing this?
    A poet to another poet: I thank thee for your words. You know I share the same view of you… Saw the invite on FB…
    Shai, you are great. May your lineage live long.

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