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.



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. Levuz (@Levuz)

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

    Keep writing though.

    1. Onyia, Kingsley Chukwuebuka (@benson)

      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. Onyia, Kingsley Chukwuebuka (@benson)

        (@levuz) Thank you.

        1. Levuz (@Levuz)

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

  2. Levuz (@Levuz)

    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?

    1. Onyia, Kingsley Chukwuebuka (@benson)

      No!Though you tried your best.

  3. Onyia, Kingsley Chukwuebuka (@benson)

    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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