Tuesday, 23 February 2016

It is not a strange thing to see the elderly ones talk alone but sometimes one wonders why they find it very hard to ruminate on what borders them within their hearts than mumble it for people to hear.

Similar question was in the heart of the poet, when he met an old woman walking lonely on a road talking to herself but an answer to his wondering came from an abstract man (which might be considered to be the poet in his old age with such an experience). The poet told called the boy wondering and said "Child, you cannot know/ Why folks talk alone." He told the boy that loneliness and sorrow were the reason why men talk alone and similar reasons made "an old woman/ On lone country roads/ Laughing all the time/ May babble to herself/ To keep the tears away." from line 16-19.

Clear explanation of how loneliness and sadness affect old age was evident in the poem; as hu
man grow, piling worries and sorrows in their hearts, by the time they get to their old age, the reservoir must have filled and be spilling off their mouths in a mumbling form.It is not wrong to refer to the impact of sadness and loneliness as the theme of the poem.

The simplicity of the poem lies in its structure and form, the use of repetition and breif dialogue. The poem goes down from top to form a single stanza with no rhyme scheme unlike most early nineteen century african poems.


Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)


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