Thursday, November 24, 2011

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An African Elegy - Ben Okri

We are the miracles that God made
To taste the bitter fruit of Time.
We are precious.
And one day our suffering
Will turn into the wonders of the earth.

There are things that burn me now
Which turn golden when I am happy.
Do you see the mystery of our pain?
That we bear the poverty
And are able to sing and dream sweet things.

And that we never curse the air when it is warm
Or the fruit when it tastes so good
Or the lights that bounce gently on the waters?
We bless the things even in our pain.
We bless them in silence.

That is why our music is so sweet.
It makes the air remember.
There are secret miracles at work
That only Time will bring forth.
I too have heard the dead singing.

And they tell me that
This life is good
They tell me to live it gently
With fire, and always with hope.
There is wonder here

And there is surprise
In everything the unseen moves.
The ocean is full of songs.
The sky is not an enemy.
Destiny is our friend.

By: Ben Okri


  1. Its where in my opinion the true meaning of "life" still exists. and the uttermost need of faith can easily be experienced... and most importantly, where true happiness can be found. regardless of all the complexities involved... life in Africa is still as pure, and real as ever. Its a shame very few people see it this way...

    PS: This is my personal opinion/feeling...

  2. I totally agree with you....u just made me realise that I have read a poem that says exactly what you mean...let me add it :)


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