Richard Likumba works for National Breweries as Manager Operations. He is a keen actor and heavily involved in administrative duties at Kitwe Little Theatre as well as NATAAZ, the national body theatrical groups affiliate to. For a scientific-oriented person, he amazes us all by his unique ability to write poetry.
by Richard Likumba
Trudging home on a hot sunny day
Along a well worn way
I hit my bare calloused foot
Against a stone.
Heat induce ennui led my eyes
To seek out the object of my discomfort.
There it lay in dejection by the roadside
In obvious misplacement
Its rugged edges an apparent defiance
To the element that weathered it thus
The parent rock from which it was
Is not anywhere in sight.
I stopped and picked up the stone
Felt its steely resolve to be
Each facet of its rugged form
Telling a tale of its sojourn there.
Held in my palm
A oneness was born with me
A bond that defined our chance meeting
The paths that brought us together
Diverse, but enriching nonetheless
Animate and inanimate
In cosmic rapture we conversed
The scorching rays of the harsh sun
Our discourse could not disturb.
The chance meeting, wordless sharing
On that lonely path
Strengthened my resolve to be
We are but a chip off a big rock
And further from the rock we shall
Wonder to share our experiences