Womb and the Man

Womb and the Man

 

We’re earth surface,

You know?

We’re made of the soil,

His breath;

Is a spirit in us. Though

We understood you’ll coil

Like a smoke

Into the fire.

Your garment is red oil.

 

How could you kill a thing like that?

The womb is a padlock.

Imagine!

 

He took away four keys,

From the witch-doctor

He locked.

 

She dreamt it; she disagree

With you. She’s

Fluttering her feathers,

Against you creeping thing.

 

She likes to plea independent

Like poetry

Is a hawk;

Ever before you.

 

It’ll follow you up

To the grave.

Even if she backslide

She’ll write it again

 

A poem

Is a spirit;

From the mouth of the gods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



7 thoughts on “Womb and the Man” by Onyia, Kingsley Chukwuebuka (@benson)

  1. @Benson. If I claim to understand the poem, I would be telling a big lie.

    Keep writing though.

    1. Wow! Is quite unfortunate, dear! Is one of those things that made poetry esoteric. But, I still believe that if you read intently and inbetween the line, the message is not far from us. Thanks

        1. @benson, Alright then. I’d find time to read and ask my bosses and then give you what I can decipher. Well done.

  2. Here is the meaning of the poem which I finally got after several readings;

    We understand that man will fall because of his composition (earth), I think the second stanza talks about the limitations of the potentials of man. Along the line of the poem, I think you were trying to say that men fight their limited potentials but they can’t win. So man would keep trying to make a difference, but his capabilities are forever limited. The part that speaks about poem appears to induce an almost different issue.

    I hope I am close?
    @Benson

  3. Whose garment is red oil? And why? Who is she that is fluttering her feather? And why? “Keys” in the poem are symbolic and an implied metaphor; if so, can you suggest what “keys” are compared to that made it metaphoric? (Insightful questions that if you could answer, will lead you close to the poem’s appreciation & analysis. ) Thanks & Goodluck @levuz

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