Juanita During

By Noel A. Ihebuzor

If my tongue does not move to mourn you

it is not that I am now dumb

sorrow like a furnace has dried up the dew

that freshens this soul, now numb

inside me all is dry, parched

save moist eyes from whence sorrow

tumbles down to an earth drenched

in the blood of a suddenly closed tomorrow


Juanita, if you could hear me

broken now, forlorn me

my wooden tongue stuck to my palate, me

throat dried, cracked and broken, me


If you could decode my silent sobbing,

you would sense my inner voice,

linked with a thousand others, hurting

wailing and railing at failed social services

in a continent that is yet to learn to rise and live

mourning a star departed

on the morning before her arrival


***** I got news yesterday PM of  Juanita’s death. Juanita was/is a colleague, friend, soul mate, poet and one with whom I shared several intellectual coffees and visions for inclusive global development. Now, she is gone..and what pains most is that this death could have been avoided! Sleep well, Junaita…Juanitissima as I would tease you! 


22 Responses to “Juanita During”

  1. 1 Chinedu Amure August 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

    She was so loved and is sorely missed… Continue to sleep in the Lord, Juanita..x

  2. 3 Susan L Daniels August 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Oh, Noel. I am so sorry. She hears you, and smiles. Mat she rest in peace while her words continue to move the world.

  3. 4 Susan L Daniels August 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    sorry–May she rest in peace, my friend.

  4. 5 Hafsat August 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    😦 may her soul rest in peace. May God give her family and friends the strength to bear the loss. Amen

  5. 6 theinveterateblogger August 18, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Dear Noel, I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Wishing you strength in this sad time.

  6. 9 Caroline Akosile August 19, 2012 at 1:04 am

    May God comfort the family. may she find rest in the bossom of the Lord. Amen.

  7. 11 Tajudeen Oyewale August 19, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Life brings with it misery that our understandng continue to wonder about. A genus and human colleague,who create time to listen to you when you have issues to discuss, who talks and give sincere advice as at when needed, who thrives to better the lots of everyone around,now she is gone! May her soul rest in eternal peace

  8. 13 Bola Jones August 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Noel. Please share your beautiful words with many others on Juanita’s memorial website – http://www.forevermissed.com/juanita-during

  9. 15 'Dimeji August 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm


  10. 17 Irene August 20, 2012 at 7:24 am

    May the Father of all comfort wrap His comforting arms around you, her family and friends.

  11. 19 Rotimi Adejumo August 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    My heart is heavy but we must celebrate her life. So I smile for all the good times
    and the not so good times. I will miss her.

  12. 21 Anne August 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Very sad – a lovely tribute.

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