Kitwe Poetry Corner

Lydia Mhango - KitweOnLine

 From the last gathering of poets at Kitwe Poetry Corner, here is a poem read by Barney Kanjela.

WHAT A REGION
 
by Barney Kanjela
 
 
 
Complex, vexing, mind boggling and unpredictable
Nature has endowed it
Be it weather, terrain or rain.
 
It has unique challenges
Diseases, wild animals and wars,
Ethnic or otherwise.
It enjoys both north and southern hemispheres weather patterns.
It has an incomparable beauty
What a region! A region of lakes, cataracts, caves and rivers.
A marvel to look at from the heavens yonder.
 
But the soil cries out to its inhabitants
Concrete jungles are encroaching the real jungle
Nature disappears, animals scamper
Anthills have disappeared and become tourist attractions
It is one of comedy, melodrama but mostly a tragedy
Of pain, anguish and torture
What a region!
 
Once upon a time, a long time ago
There was so much land! when kalulu the hare could talk,
for everyone
but it ain’t no more
every piece has been demarcated
cutting tribes regardlessly.
 
One day! It is either it leaves us or destroys us
What a region!
 
 
 
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