Children Of The Wild

Children Of The Wild

 

CHILDREN OF THE WILD

 

The birds, they wake me up,

Music, of birdcalls, butterflies and sunshine,

The night before, a wonder forgotten,

For the day holds something new.

 

Out of bed I bound,

All tingly, laughing and happy,

And though I have chores to do,

The day’s magic awaits.

 

Hey presto, breakfast is done,

Dishes done, rooms cleaned,

And now comes what I love,

My time in the forest.

 

Larry, Sally, Mandy and Suzy,

My own family of lions,

Frightful cats they are, people say,

To me, they are my brother and sisters.

 

And so across the savanna, through the forest, we run, we play,

Just like we did yesterday,

And the day before, and the day before,

Countless days gone by.

 

The stream that runs by our house,

The ropy vines,

The birds and butterflies,

The canopy of the sun.

 

We play all through the day,

Chasing the birds and sunlight,

At night their fur is my warmth,

As I lay beneath the stars and watch the fireflies.

 

Now I have to go to school,

‘Cos Mama says so,

Papa says it will help me,

In the days to come.

 

And so I leave my family in the wild,

I am sad to leave them every day,

The uncried tears in their eyes,

Haunt me in the hallways.

 

And so it has passed,

A week, a month, a year, and then some,

And unknowingly I learn,

Time is an unforgiving sprinter that waits for none.

 

For now, I have to leave,

To a big school in the city,

Away from this place I call home,

To a place Papa has picked for me.

 

I pack the last box into the truck,

Papa is still eating inside,

And then I turn,

I can hear my family call to me, one last time.

 

And so I run,

Into the coolness of the forest,

Shades last seen long ago but not forgotten,

My refuge, my home.

 

And here I kneel,

My hands in the grass where we laid,

My tears like rain,

Memories of days gone by.

 

And so I sing,

I sing our favourite song in their memory,

We will always be together,

For we are children of the wild.

 

Inspired by the amazing song ‘Bronte’ by Gotye.



34 thoughts on “Children Of The Wild” by Raymond (@raymond)

  1. Awww..with its tone of melachonly in the sweet innocence of a child, I must say that I loved this…
    Simple, brings to mind some books..

    Written in a way that one flows with the lines and plays in the Wild like the child.

    @raymond..I love that part of you that wrote this jare…Well done!

  2. RAYMOND writing POETRY? And a sweet one at that? The whole of NS must see/hear this.*if you have posted poetry before, this is the first I’m seeing*

    Hmmm, is that a band? They must be really good to inspire something this sweet. I’ll check ’em out.

    This poem is sweet but wait o, who are these friends? Human and the cats? Weird.

    The poem is beautiful.

    1. @gooseberry, hehehe… Abeg let the whole of NS hear it oh! And yes, it is my first. No, Gotye is not a band; just one guy.
      Thanks. Glad U like the poem…

      1. Yeah Ray ray, who are these friends? coulda sworn u were one of them lions but…going to school?? O. U’re the naija version of Jungle boy?

  3. RAYMOND writing POETRY? And a sweet one at that? The whole of NS must see/hear this.*if you have posted poetry before, this is the first I’m seeing*

    Hmmm, is that a band? They must be really good to inspire something this sweet. I’ll check ’em out.

    This poem is sweet but wait o, who are these friends? Human and the cats? Weird.

    The poem is beautiful.

  4. Shuo, are you a child or a cub?
    Any way, they are both animals.

    See Raymond writing poems…
    What is the muse turning him to

    1. @kaycee, hehehe. My brother, as I listened to the song, I just had to interpret the feelings it evoked in me…

  5. the poem is in the last 3 stanzas….well done bro

  6. I was expecting a scary twist and almost cried at the end? Raymond, poetry, sentiment? Nice.

    This is well written.

    Actually just found out about Gotye over the weekend, he’s a recent shaker in the US charts.

    He has some cool vocals with his great songs and lyrics

    1. Thanks @Myne. Glad U like it. Gotye is an amazing Musician, but he’s been around for quite a while.

      1. ddnt know him. i think its on sale somewhere on NS? i MUS’ BUY.

  7. Bravo Raymond! This is simply brilliant. I wish I was the one inspired to write this one. Carry go jo! well done.

    1. @atumercy, Thank U. I go dey carry go.

  8. Cool! It’s nice to see s/th new from you.

    1. @francis, hehehe. Thanks bro.

  9. Yeah…I’m not surprised though. There has always been some poetic influence in his writing…and then skills too mush.

    Nice one.

  10. humm this coming from raymond ,,,

    i must say there is soft part in every creature.

    you did well joor!

    1. @iykewifey, hehehe… U sure? Thanks.

  11. Mushy……Freddie Kruger waltzing to ‘Ololufe by Wande Coal’ while getting a manicure…eeewww Ray!….grow them fangs back man!!!

    Lemme hear you growl, padre!

    1. @eimehy, dwell in the darkness for too long, and the stink of the Otherness sinks into Ur bones…
      I’ll growl later. Hehehe.

  12. Am like…WHAT!Raymond wrote ds!Nice one…so dreamy,couldn’t help but flow wit it….more pls

    1. @obionyinye, hehehe… Thanks…

  13. @Raymond i thought some cats will just pounce on some humans and eat em’ up!But eh bros you nake dis ting wella.Superb control of rhythm in blank verse….Not bad for ur first poetry post.Well done.

  14. Really nice one, as seen through the eyes/age of purity and innocence.
    Great inspiration…I so get Gotye, truly amazing artist.

    1. @dottaraphels, thanks. Yes, Gotye is Amazing.

  15. It couldn’t but be him!
    Beautiful nostalgia.

      1. The rays of diamond
        here in NS prism!
        Hail Raymond.

  16. This is very nice. Read like a haiku…the way each verse can stand alone with an image of its own. I have always seen the string of poetry in your writings.

    Nice one. Keep improving your art. There is no end to learning.

    1. @chemokopi, thanks bro. This is my first full-length poem…let’s see if Prose will let me… :D

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