(vir Hannatjie)

... toe hou ons by die plaashek stil:

die denne ruis hul denneruis

maar word dan eensklaps stil -

asof te vra:

vanwaar, bekende vreemdeling?

asof te nooi:

voel stilweg tuis!

die wind het hoorbaar sku geword ...

en op die draad

'n nietige klein veertjieding

aandagtige stom enkeling

asof te vra:

kom jy hier raas?

asof te dwing:

hier praat ons sag!

so swyg jou plek my Stilte-toe (...)

die rifrug

en die labrador

het nie geblaf ...

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Die Diepkloofgroet; die oorslaap-aand

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When slogans mature into reason

Strewn shadows in this land.

Under the edge of shades

We resurrect, have

Our spirits back

From our roving past.

Even in those clouds of rain

We sit to dialogue

Wish to live, eat

From our diversified source

When we arise,  today.

The brilliance of steps i know:

"Let us walk among fallen molehills

My kindred folks, out of trouble"

Innocence be revealed!

Innocence be regained!

Down the forested hills

We roll on, ignoring

The chilling presence of owls

And the terrific thunder of black hearts

Into the  reassuring sun of savannah.

Happily, we find our new mantle-peace!

On the crested plate of the round-table

Words loud with warmth.

Easy to swallow

Bitter pills with holy water.

Our mother`s house is alight

With flames of winner`s fireworks.

In our sky, the rainbow is born

When slogans mature into reason

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Protect Uriah

Old white male rich senators

pawns of the petroplutocrats

speak of sending the young

and poor and multihued

off to war.

These are modern David's

attempting to put

Uriah in harm's way..

out of lust for the

Bathsheba of money and power.

You have the power to Stop them.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

(to Senators Torricelli, Warner, Murkowski, Stevens,
DeWine, Lieberman,
Santorum, Shelby, Specter, Hutchison, Clinton,
Voinovich etc.)

   The unelected George Bush has exaggerated
   the significance of the intelligence leak.
   What was leaked to the Washington Post
   says talk show host Mangino was
   a report from the CIA that there is a 100%
   chance of more terrorism within the US.
   Mangino says Bush should stop treating the
   American people like children, like subjects
   held in darkness, that Bush should put
   safety ahead of the economy.
   Meanwhile others criticize the GOP for
   putting corporate politics ahead of airport
   security, and attempting to retard the
   passage of the airport security bill.
   For his master billionaires
   Bush has proposed more welfare
   .. asking for a 60 billion dollar tax cut

   Stop old rich white male senators
   from sending those of multihue
   off to war
   for BP and Monsanto
   As David sent Uriah off to the front lines
   so that David might boff Bathsheba..
   modern senators driven by the lust
   for power and money
   contemplate sending our young men and women
   to Afghanistan, where tens of thousands of
   Soviet soldiers lost their lives. Russia
   was right next door to Afghanistan, not
   an ocean away.
   Whether you are a pacifist, a populist,
   or believe in violence, it is not wise
   for any army to be landlocked in a foreign
   country, when 60 countries have violent
   and militant Muslims. Some of these
   are the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia,
   Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt,
   Libya, Sudan, Somalia.

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* Poems To Peace Of Which We Are All Formed


A congressional luncheon..

of a politician on the military spending


as time goes on.. the ice sculpture eagle

begins to drip from the beak..

as ice becomes water

.. the frozen becomes flexible

.. a spear point.. becomes peace

.. 1 function becomes the power of all function

What moves mountains of

ice? Faith in the Sun.


(to Les Aspin)


In the holiest of climes

where the vines to heaven climb

the sweetest fall of rain

becomes sour juice of lime.

And the rainfall mercy clement

becomes the sour juice of lemon.

So did the words of peaceful


become the force of

warmonger pastors..

Soon they too will be aligned

by the God of the astras

.. the God of the asters.

(to John Clemente, a peaceliving



The storm was full of menacing dark clouds..

hard cold rain..

treecleaving lightning ..

now it is over

and in the twilight

3 rainbarrels brimful of rain..

shimmer in the starlit peace.

Atop them lattices of fallen leafy branch

.. lifeboats for any country mice.

(at one of the many places

S Berg has made beautiful)


A vision of blue chalk crosses

such as at Arlington Cemetery..

scrawled on a blackboard..

they can still be erased..

peace begins with you

peace begins with me

peace in thought word

and deed

in prayers

by hearts freed..

peace at the end of our forks

peace at the end of our tongues

Woodrow, you never recovered

from the site of those many thousand

crosses in France, marking the

unncessary deaths of farmers' sons

and widows' boys...

caught between the imperialist colonizing

banksters of England

Author's Notes/Comments: 


Ben Franklin did not want a carnivore
as the national bird. He ate no meat
til later in life when he wrote of Paris
that venison and venery had defeated. him.
He wanted the turkey as a national bird.
Since those innocents have been
butchered in the billions.

the Jesus poem was inspired by a conversation with Winnie D and Hope

JR told writer of the firebombs. Father Mother God we ask special grace for Ariel Sharon, George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and all who have used the tools of violence. We ask that they be taken off their warhorses and shown the way of peace. to Wolf\ Noam Chomsky is asking for a boycott of businesses which do business with Israel as long as their govt continues to keep Palestinians in concentration camps and invades Palestine with illegal settlements. Other Jewish peace activists: Barbra Streisand Jerry Springer Rob Reiner Norman Finkelstein Deceased Jewish peace activists: Jesus Christ, Albert Einstein Yehudi Menuhin It is said that St Francis wore bells on his toes to warn the insects of his advent

Footnote to Polish Horses, African Hearts: Cecil Rhodes' imperialist
racism was continued by Winston Churchill.
Rhodes' diamond empire DeBeers once controlled 95% of the world's
diamond market... a market built on the suffocation deaths of mine
workers, their brutal exploitation, a monopoly of supply control, the
use of force to wrest mineral rights (mineral rights still granted to
capitalist billionaires through e.g. a 19th Cent. American law giving
the rich mineral rights at $5 an acre).. Countless tens of thousands
died in a Boer War started by Rhodes. Even today a Rhodes Scholarship
goes to those expected to continue capitalist empire. The United
Nations still reflects the naked racist force of the past, as 4 white
nations and 1 Asian nation (no African.. no Arab, no Hispanic) have
veto power over billions of people. (to Alex Hershaft, whose
reparations money as a child concentration camp victim has been used
for his Great American Meatout)

Footnote to FDR's War Memorial: It is said that FDR was forewarned of
the attack on Pearl Harbor, but felt the populace would support the
war only after an atrocity.

Footnote to Kum Phuc:
Kim Phuc's message to us all is 'first do no harm' Kim Phuc, the
little Vietnamese girl whose clothes were burned off her body by
napalm when she was 9 years old, ran until pain and thirst stopped
her. When she stopped a kind American soldier poured water on her
burns, but the steam only cooked them further. In the pain, she lost
consciousness. She had 14 months in the hospital and 17 operations,
with burns over 35% of her body. To listen to her

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The Road

Ugonna Wachuku



You are the road.
I am the seeker.
Then, show me
the way.  


You are the river.
I am the boat.
Then, float me to
the head-waters.


You are the wind.
I am the eagle.
Then, glide me to
towering clouds and
unseen mountain tops.


You are the rain.
I am the flower.
Then, give me water
to grow.


You are the flower.
I am the butterfly.
Then let me touch
your ripe, blue bud
with a kiss.


You are the tree.
I am humankind.
Then, show me how
to climb.


Remember, you are the
road. I am the seeker.
Then show me the way.


You are angel.
Then show me heaven.
Yet, you are the road.
I am the simple seeker.  


The Road  


~ Critiques/Comments ~ 


Gwendrina Howe

Dear Ugonna,  again, this poem brings me truth and spiritual pleasure. "You are the road, I am the seeker" - how wonderfully stated! Your analogies are drawn from the depth and simplicity of nature's beauty to make the reader enlightened by this path of knowledge. This verse fills me with deep peace and renewed hope. Thank you, Wendy


Helen Schmidt

A lovely poem, Ugonna!  You illustrate so clearly how interdependent the various aspects of life are upon one another. We are always searching for answers, and so many of them lie in nature. Beautiful words!  



Rachelle Wiegand

Came here from your interview with Deborah, Ugonna :) Wonderful interview, wonderful poetics!  Thank you for sharing!!  :)


Ken Corbett

This is my favorite work of yours, so far. You are skilled at using the small words to great advantage.

The pictures you paint here are clear and strong.  



Tim / manatee Marshall 

HI~like we said in the hipie days (HEAVY MAN) lol A+,your writings are like songs and i'm using what someone told me 

it plays at the very best time to go along with what i'm already thinking simular thoughts of,thank you

2002-05-02 17:10:48  


Netta Jack

Love the simplicity yet deep message in this piece. Very nice work. Thanks for sharing.

2003-01-21 18:21:18


Jayati Gupta

Man seeks God provides! Wonderful poems you write.

2004-09-27 14:41:41  


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