|Publication:||Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601|
|Issue:||Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2|
Chinwe Enemchukwu is a pharmacist by profession, and a mother of
six adult children. She is a Nigerian immigrant and has lived in the
United States via Florida for over thirty years. She counts herself as
part of the Nigerian and Igbo Diaspora and participate in numerous
activities involving these groups. Her poems reflect on the current
socio-economic and political situation in Nigeria.
Diasporans Sizzling like whistling kettles Running out of steam, Despite the heightened heat from the stoked fire beneath. Fire stoked daily by bad winds Hurling from the homeland. Deadly winds, brutal as the harmattan Fanning the fire and scorching the skin of diasporans already double stretched thin. The whistle, now a mournful whine Emitting from once courageous souls Weary from encompassing hopelessness, Warding off hardship in the host land, Terrified by surrounding wickedness. Saddened by frequent untimely passing. Plain finding it ever harder to stand The whirlwind life of foreign lands. Still they struggle to increase the pace, Trying much harder to transform the race, Straining daily to get it in stride, And by so doing, surely control the tide, And with that success, make it to shore, From all indications, having tried for sure. They beat themselves to messy pulp Taking more than possible in a gulp. They whistle and sizzle wildly, blowing Twirling steam in an urgent puff, Scorching white puff, nothing more. Like whistling kettles working ever so hard To give more steam, scorching steam, words Useless for the problem on hand But ever so harmful nonetheless.
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