looking back….

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As I scribbled the date 1-1-13

On the poet’s slate

My heart leapt with joy and

I exclaimed: waoh!

So it is 2013 already

So this is 2013 that I live in now

So this is the long, long 2013 awaited

So this is the 2013 talked about

With so much anticipation

So this is 2013 that looked so far away

Like a long journey into an unknown but

Desired road of life

Looking back, I see

The many scenes of last year

In the performing theatre of my mind

I hear the stories told by 2012

I laugh uncontrollably at the jokes cracked

I cry at the pains of the death

Of fallen heroes

With whom we played, talked, reasoned,

Shared life; but are no more

Have made their way

To the Great Beyond

I remember friends that have been

The ones that walked in and out of my life

Those that remained still

The joys of friendship and companionship

I see the roads I have walked;

The times I was

A stranger;

A friend;

A visitor;

A member.


I look back at the wealth of experiences

Stored in the mind’s reservoir

Some, I want to re-live

Happy moments, celebrations, promotion,

New life, good results, reunion

Others I desire to forever wipe out

Like the whirlwinds does of rubbish

The broken promises

The sleeps of dreams never come true

And in a moment’s turn

I look into tomorrow

Filled with hope, filled with many plans,

Many wishes, resolutions, intentions

I see a tomorrow occupied

With “things to do”

“things that ought to be done”

“things that were undone, push aside”

New ideas, better strategies, new beginnings

And I ponder the thought:

We look back and see tomorrow

And now is past

But alas! I surrender!

To Tomorrow with a heart of praise

Seeing only the best it has to offer

And I speak into tomorrow:

Let not tomorrow pass

Without my [thy] notice

Let not yesterday be a story untold

Let not now be unlived

But let every day, moment,

Be given a chance to BE

In this new year long waited for;





Amaka Okoye

Amaka Okoye

A seasoned and an award-journalist who has practiced both in and outside of Nigeria. She has covered varied beats but her forte is Conflict and Crisis Reporting. She majors in reporting terrorism, banditry and abductions in the Northern part of Nigeria.

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