The Shadow of My Drowning Soul By Theophilus Enemali

The Shadow of My Drowning Soul
Theophilus Enemali

The Shadow of My Drowning Soul
(for those travelling from war and poverty through the Mediterranean to

I stood at the bank of the ravaging sea,
As the silent silver moon slid above the sea,

The lame night sky pierced my soul into ugly cut,
The sea warned me not to sail on him.
A deep harsh sound boomed under the palms off shore,
It echoed back with the sounds of the clouds of birds,
That squealed and flew above the sea ,
They conspired to cast cold stares that frightened me.

The sailor came waving the people to the rugged boat,
To cross the Mediterranean,
And save our spirits from unwelcome exit,
But my feet magnet the earth like a rock.

Then I saw the shadow of my soul,
Sailing with over five hundred,
Fighting for space with the odour of unwashed bodies,
The furious hand of the sea sealed our souls in fear.
It rose like an angry bully, smashed by wind

The wiry wind of the north, then the south bartered for us,
I stood like a stranded lighthouse, as bodies went down,
And the dreams like our tears lost in the sea.

I saw the shadow of my drowning soul,
As my body stood at the bank of the river,
With an undercurrent sorrow,
Not knowing if my turn is tomorrow.

© Theophilus Enemali


Theophilus Enemali is an award-winning essayist at the maiden edition of
Kogi State Undergraduate Essay Writing Contest in North Central Nigeria. He
has taught Literature-in-English in reputable schools in Nigeria, including
Mea Mater Elizabeth High School, Enugu, Nigeria and Saint Kizito Minor
Seminary, Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria. He is the author of the novel titled
HOMESICK IN PARADISE, which is presently being used as a literary text by
some institutions of higher learning in Nigeria. It has been published also
on Amazon, He is working on his first collection of poems to be published
sometime in 2017. He writes from Canada.

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