Today’s ‘Graduate Monologues’ entry is a poem from a friend of mine, the man himself, Jones Ntaukira. A little introduction, first of all.
Jones is a Malawian blogger and social and environmental pragmatist. After busy schedules at Empower Malawi- where he is Executive Director- he still finds time to write.
I met Jones in January 2010 in Kampala during one of the most enjoyable periods of my life. We hit it off immediately, and today, I am guaranteed a place to lay my head if ever I am stranded in Malawi.
This is a short account of some of his (school) life experiences, presented unedited.
Once a jailbird I was
With scores of rights, with countless freedoms
Golden jubilees of full moons – give or don’t seize,
Imprisonment to degree with hard labour
Carrels were my pen
Sowkowski was my warden
The Labs my chapel
If acetic acid was our holy communion,
Then Friday Lab reports were my silver and golden offering
I learnt that reduction is actually gaining
Glee took over,
Seminary saintliness versus realism,
Like a keyed up electron
Like the other end of a magnetic pin
Room by room in search of love
Spoke in strange inflection, imitating those that speaketh on big screen
Learnt to intoxicate my medulla oblongata,
My lectures about life in the red light district
Saying…‘come kiss me if you can’
Of the campus beauty and the brains, no mention
Still 4-nil the match was lost
Clock by clock days hide by the gate
The pardon came as a matter of fate
Full of oomph to face the wild
Before realising my graduation shoe no longer needs polish,
Little ones already decorated me Uncle
Frustrations fissioning like uranium particles
Next thing she is whispering the ‘good’ news- she is heavy with child
Phone ever silent as a chicken incubating its eggs
And yet the postmaster knows me by nomenclatus
I’m my own lead
On my own drive, on this pool road
With only one post, a danger warning sign
“Welcome to the world
Where pure agony is…,
Realising dog eats dog
If you liked the poem or you have anything to add, please leave your comments below.
You can get in touch with Jones on Twitter (@realjonz), on Instagram (@j1s_cn) or on Facebook (Jones Ntaukira). He talks about the environment, life in Malawi and his other passions on his personal blog www.environgentia.wordpress.com
See you next week!