The Letter


Ugonna Wachuku




To fill the empty hours of my despair; to occupy these fleeing

hours that seem to have no meaning; just to find a fulfilling

reality to the pain I face, let me write you this letter hoping

that my intention would be well understood; believing that

whatever I feel for this being on the path to love and life

would be made known when the next new moon brightens the calm

Africa sky in order to bring hope, inspiration and smiles to

the soul of each humankind who fatally face persecution and

fundamental human rights violation.

This is a mind journey in the being and soul that I am. In my

native Igbo language, we would call it: ako na uche; meaning

common sense and good thought. Let me, in this poetic letter,

take the mantle of good thought and common sense into that

unfathomable realm of the human mind and essence in motion.

This is the realization of all that makes us human. Whether

we are humane is another matter.

Let me, therefore, write this letter to you; believing that

the meaning of all I desire and cherish for the survival and

oneness of humanity would be seen in that same spirit of peace,

love and solidarity amongst humankind. May we see, hear and

understand. May we be!


The Letter:



Many days ago, I left home.

You were not there; but I had

to take you with me in order to

find meaning to the new person I

would be.

You were not there. So, I resolved

not to leave you behind shadows and

dark clouds. Many streams flowed in

my heart. I was so lonely. Yet not

alone. I was on my way to this new

life, hope and beginning. Yet, I

knew brooks in your thought. Those

brooks embraced and watered my effort

to find that nature of life in an

environment so peaceful yet painful.

My faith was strong. I had every

firm belief that I would make it.

You gave your blessing and love

even before I asked. Did you not

tell me what to wear? Did you not

affirm that my faith will surely

see me through in that Sea Walker's

unfailing love and care?

When you walked away, a windy and

calm, refreshing breeze from you

embraced my being. I felt angellic

hands on my head and shoulders.

Thoughts of you followed me to the

end of blue, midnight clouds and

skies. I was breathless. I hoped to

see the coming new day.

In my dreams; in my thoghts:-those

thoughts you posses, I saw your face

that blue, cloudless night. I saw

the inspiring hand of beauty and

dignity which you placed on my life.

I waited to embrace the new rainbow.

I waited on the beach of your love

and solidarity to ponder and dream

good, new dreams for you and for

me, for humanity in need and pain.

I write to you today, in my pain;

in my despair; in my joy, in my

loneliness and calm uncertainty

just to let you know that love will

always conquer; even when its not

given or given but not accepted.

You mean hope itself to me.

You mean loving thought and

the will to survive to my

being. You are life. You are

love so brilliant. And this

brilliance I must follow in

order to remain human with


With love and every beautiful wish:



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deborah russell's picture

Very nice love letter Ugonna...I think your statement on human and humane is strong.

gentle's picture

Aside from the loveliness of these most thought provoking words, this is one of most unique pieces I have ever read on this site. Amy

Gentle is the night♥

vjochum's picture

I like your letter very much. Your message is so clear Ugonna. Having thoughts, whether they are good, bad or just indifferent, are just "thoughts" which human has the capability of. Being humane is, being able to recognize the thoughts which can, "if we choose" to carry through with action which describe us as being humane. Keep writing my dear friend.