Haiku – Ogbanje II

Dead child mum’s heart shreds

her breasts, spirits sore at loss

soul dripping hot tears

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8 Responses to “Haiku – Ogbanje II”


  1. 1 Susan L Daniels June 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Oh, so heartbreaking. Well done.

  2. 2 Noel Ihebuzor June 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks, Susan.
    It is heart breaking, this spirit child who comes and goes and who frustrates her mother with such empty and emptying visits.
    JP Clark and Wole Soyinka both treat the same theme and you will find the two poems in the link – Soyinka is first – noblesse oblige – he won the Nobel prize for literature and you will have to scroll several pages down to find JP Clark’s. The two poets are different in temperament and the poems bring this difference out so starkly!
    http://www.cafeafricana.com/Poetry.html
    I have also attached another write up on Abiku – Abiku means the same thing in yoruba as Ogbanje in Igbo!
    http://deolastwilight.blogspot.com/2008/11/first-time-i-came-to-this-world-i-was.html

  3. 4 theinveterateblogger June 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Professor, I like the Haikus you have been penning recently.
    Thought provoking.
    All good on this side of the world.

  4. 7 Rhonda June 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    This one makes me leak! Well done.


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