FRUITS (Poetry)

Posted: June 2, 2014 in Poetry
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by Tim Nwaobilo

Old fruits cling to snarled twisted brancheons
Buds and scions eternally nascent
Beneath the shadows cast by brown rotten pods
The tree dies slowly and forges its trunk bent

We live to give you shade and cover
To be your guard against sly predators that hover
But if youth is youth forever
Over whom shall youth watch over?

So the stool breaks beneath the weight
Beneath spoiled feet that know no scars
Knees that offered no prayers
But to avert the recompense of sins performed in haste

The elders ask, “When we are gone
“Who shall split the wood
“And tear the rose off the thorn
“To give scent to this pipe and seat to the cracked stool”

From echoes of dreams fogotten
Rise a sound by teeth rotten
Teeth sunk into fruits forbidden
To prove it sour or sweetened

On tortured limbs, scurry they for shelter
Youths who cursed breast that offered
Life for death, and whipped their mothers
And for a kobo or two sold the land of their fathers

Still the flute cries with pained agony
The young now fly and have begotten wings
The elders yet see farther, sitting
The smile that hangs off their charred pipes- omen

They die slowly and will not surrender
Not for the age of the sages and blind elders
In clubs and brothels search they their saviour
Yet he hides ‘hind the lids that shield their eyes sore.

Lyriversity — Liberty of Creativity

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Comments
  1. LegendaryCJN says:

    It took this long to have this poem here! Traffic jam I guess. Nice work Tim, you have a way with words. Touche

  2. Ezeamalukwuo says:

    s that hover
    But if youth is youth forever
    Over whom shall youth watch over?

    These lines are deep and lovely…though I need your help deciphering the meaning behind them.

    The poem seems like a reproach to the young. A message of repentance and a call to purpose before the altar of procastination. There is still some parts about elders…blind elders and co…really need help in deciphering the message therein.

    Still nice work Mr Tim.

    • timnwaobilo says:

      “We live to give you shade and cover
      To be your guard against sly predators that hover”

      These are the words of the elders.
      ______________________________________________________
      “But if youth is youth forever
      Over whom shall youth watch over?”

      These are the words of the youths.
      _____________________________________________________
      The youths here lament their plight under the whims and caprices of the elders. The youth demand a voice, a say. They therefore begrudge the elders.

      The poem reproaches both the young and old. The old FRUITS refuse to give way for younger FRUITS thus belaboring the poor tree (society).
      The old blame the young for neglect of certain values.
      The young blame the old for refusing to allow them mature into responsibility.

      However, the poem tends to shift the entire wind of solution along the path of the youths viz:
      ” They die slowly and will not surrender
      Not for the age of the sages and blind elders
      In clubs and brothels search they their saviour
      Yet he hides ‘hind the lids that shield their eyes sore.”

      The youths are their own saviour, right behind their eyelids.

  3. Anene Francis says:

    Ever young poem. I repeat ‘brilliant’, both the message and the carriage. Keep it up mr Tim.

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