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Raymond-Depardon-1984

i

ENTRY:

with your hands in your pockets,
you walked into the room and the lights went off.
“you’ve come on your own accord!”
a voice roared and the doors locked behind you.

“on your knees!”
another voice ordered.
you knelt and closed your eyes as Mozart’s
requiem in D minor embraced the room.

ii

ACT:

those rules read to your hearing
knocked off the air you once breathed,
the tales that taught you magic,
the wands you dreamt to usurp,
the taste of  wines that built your bonds;
that night, you drank a new wine served
in a skull with sauce.
a new bond was born.
each vow was sealed with a thumbprint
in a basket of torn papers and spilt inks.

iii

EXIT:

lights on.
you opened your eyes and the requiem
resumed; nothing remained the same.
in the midst of those who formed that arc,
your new self came on a tray of books and pens.
you became a  slave to every written word.
when you left the room, tales hung over your head
and followed you everywhere; you must be a writer.

 

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Image by Raymond Depardon (1984) Via manufactoriel

About the author:

Portrait-eche-ndukaEchezonachukwu Nduka is a Nigerian musicologist who writes poetry, short fiction and essays. His works have appeared in reputable literary journals and poetry anthologies within and outside Nigeria. He is currently a Postgraduate Research Music student  in Kingston University London, UK.

 

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

8 Responses to “The Initiation | by Eche Nduka | A Poem” Subscribe

  1. AQUA November 17, 2014 at 2:28 am #

    Thumbs up Echezona!!!

  2. Kiru Taye November 17, 2014 at 3:53 am #

    Love this. Brilliant.

  3. henreitta November 17, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    Very good work, I would have worked at a less dramatic transitory verse (part 2), or would have worked at a very dramatic concluding verse just like in the intro. But all in all, ☆☆☆

  4. Umar November 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    Brilliant

  5. Ola Nubi November 17, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    Well done. Great use of imagery and language.

  6. Ekejiuba Onyebuchi December 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    Awesome art, awesome piece of art.

  7. PHILEMON OYUGI February 4, 2015 at 2:01 am #

    Nduka, my favorite line in your poem is ” you became a slave to every written word.”

    Kudos

  8. Obi Vincent March 22, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    Great use of Mozart’s requiem in D minor figuratively. Wonderful

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