PUSH AWAY HIS GRAVE
(Suicide Grows In Him).
By, Ofonmbuk Jackson
Disclaimer:This poems and its author does not in anyway encourage suicide. Any of such perceived meaning is critical misinterpretation.
Like surprised parcels of cow dungs on a birthday, life is meaningless;
The hopes of the living dead give birth to bleak hopelessness;
Man’s venomous efforts to bite the tail of success are but futilities;
While young dreams and ambitious pursuits end up as vanities
In the emptiness of everything, there’s nothing but nothingness;
In this cosmic void of confusions, mankind is devoid of control;
The answers of prayerful marriages are miscarriages and barrenness;
And poor throats dying of flaming thirst are cooled off with petrol
Sisyphus rolls a tree log up the mountain top and it rolls down;
The cycle is repeated a thousand times till his muscles are down;
Upon one spot he remains, thinking he has forged ahead,
Not knowing the tragic clouds of suffering might soon swallow his head
Four faithful feet under a leaveless tree, waiting for their god;
Eternity walks by and the vaunted being doesn’t come on board;
Should they keep on waiting and tenaciously holding onto faith?
Or they should lay down their biblical arms and resign to fate?
The wonders of this world are wrecked by wilful wars;
The beauties of life are made ugly by death;
Man lives in chaos with ears deaf to neighbors’ needful dins;
Souls of holy saints die, bathing in pleasurable seas of sins
Hardwork rolls his hunch up the towering hills of failure;
He fights to succeed but frustration fights against his fists;
His head is pregnant with inimical suicidal thoughts:
He grows the seed of suicide while suicide grows in him
But tell him that if life is bitter like bitter leaf when he bites it,
It will be sweet like sweet yam when he chews it;
Let death not brag of him for in hopelessness lies hope:
Help him push away his grave and his hanging rope
The Central Message of this Poem is: Perish the Thought of Suicide and help people get loosen from the emotional knots of suicidal thoughts. The poem makes allusions (indirect reference) to classical absurdist works: Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”; Albert Camus’ “Myth of Sisyphus” in which the ancient Greek mythology, philosophy & manifesto of absurdism are enshrined; and Ola Rotimi’s “Hopes of the Living Dead”.
(As Mytho-Poetics of the Absurd which it is- an absurdist Poem- the work doesn’t doubt the existence of God yet it reflects the absurdity of human condition, subtly questions the irrational extremities of the Christian faith and the biblical myth of the Coming of Christ- that eternal meta-spiritual hope of Christendom. In hope of eventual publication, I dedicate this particular work to my erudite theatre arts professors & critical/literary scholars: Prof. Ede IJi, Prof. Liwhu Betiang; and a bit far off, Prof Wole Soyinka, for their “absurdist” influence on me through teaching & reading of their works.
Copyright ©️Ofonmbuk Jackson, February, 2021. #Exponent of the Literary movement, absurdism: theatre/drama of the absurd.