July 24, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Uduak Uwah



A Natural Goodbye



The news struck me like thunder

Like I had just lost my mother

Or fell from a skyscraper

The numbness!


How did he manage to get all his papers complete?

How come my papers are never complete?

I thought it should be very easy to just quit.

The pensiveness!


Good for him though

He has dealt his worries a final blow

Where he is now, they can no longer go

The enviousness!


How I wish my own day would just come

The day I will invite all my worries home

Lock them in and elope

The desperation!


From that day on my peace would only grow

No longer will I have to reap what I didn’t sow

I mean even if I did, how will I even know?

The motivation!


But for this eye hovering in the sky

Whom I owe the respect of a natural goodbye

The only paper I have yet to buy

The obstruction!



(In this poem, a depressed fan reacts to news of Chester Bennington’s suicide)





Uduak Uwah

Uduak Uwah is an emerging Nigerian poet, essayist, lyricist, and songwriter. Based in Calabar, Nigeria’s first capital and its number one tourist destination, Uduak, also known as Whill, employs gripping rhythm and rhyme to convey truths pertaining to various aspects of everyday living in stirring poetic language. His work has been published on Aphellion, Bravearts Africa, The Kalahari Review, Literary Yard, The Poet Community and of course Tuck Magazine. He has an ever expanding archive of song demos and lyrics to his credit. And you can find him at www.facebook.com/whilltree.

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