TOMORROW, STILL ALIVE (Tribute to Chinua Achebe/Kofi Awoonor)

The break of dawn welcomed us with open arms

We were awake; ready to live life

Unsure of what gifts it will bring to us;

But we still opened our arms; embraced life joyfully

 

Today; still alive in our hearts

 

In our minds, pictures of uncertainties reeled before our eyes

Our visual senses captured our flaws

Our hopes; high, up above, never relentless

Our visions for tomorrow, pointed in one direction;

We nursed no restriction

 

Today came alive in our paths

 

We stepped both feet forward; akimbo

Planted, unshaken by unwanted nuance

We were steadfst, ready to deliver service;

The laborer is worthy of his wages

We went  farther ahead

 

Tomorrow is alive for our benefit

 

When the dreams of yester-years reeled before us;

We chose what parts to play; at home

In Diaspora, our efforts remained strong

Our hearts’ desire we shared to willing souls

Acceptance we gained

 

Tomorrow; still alive to all

 

Although i sang songs of sorrow,

I know that Kpet’s house will always be remembered

I may have stepped into an unknown battlefield;

But i always remembered there was a country

filled with minds vanished in existence

 

Dust raised

Dust settled

Your tomorrow;

Our tomorrow; still alive.

 

 

Edwina ‘Neofloetry’ Aleme (c) 2013.

 

 



2 thoughts on “TOMORROW, STILL ALIVE (Tribute to Chinua Achebe/Kofi Awoonor)” by Edwina-Neofloetry (@Edwina-Neofloetry)

  1. Nice one, Edwina. Loved the last 4 lines best.

    ‘Although i sang (sing) songs of sorrow,

    I know (knew) that Kpet’s house will always be remembered. The use of sang and know together is kinda off, so either take the past or present cont. tense and stick with it.

    I may have stepped into an unknown battlefield;

    But i (will) always remember *ed* there was a country. Same goes for here. Either remove the words ‘ may have’ and keep the past tense, or include the ‘will’ and use ‘remember’.

    Well done. $ß.

  2. Good requiem for the Legends.

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