Article Type: Poem
Author: Enemchukwu, Chinwe
Pub Date: 12/01/2010
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
Accession Number: 306754408
Full Text: 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.

   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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