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Posted - 22 Jul 2016 :  11:56:50  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sad Clouds
By Babagalleh Jallow

O man of power
Do you not see the pain
In the eyes
Of all those grieving souls
Staring straight at you
Do you not hear the screams
Of all the trees and birds and lizards
The anguished pleas
Of the fleas and the bees
Buzzing around you
Do you not hear
The violent protests
Of the earth
Everywhere you go
Do you not hear the cries
Of abused power
From the silent hell
Of violent history
Do you not see the sadness
On the faces
Of the passing clouds
As they watch you fall
From the blows of
Your own power


A clear conscience fears no accusation - proverb from Sierra Leone


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Posted - 25 Jul 2016 :  11:49:48  Show Profile Send kayjatta a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nice poem ! I like the apparent simplicity. Some interesting imagery and irony. Baba Galleh has presented us a leader whose relentless abuse of power has 'earned' him the disapproval of everything under the sun: humans, animals, insects, trees, the earth, and the clouds. This abuse of power is bringing about the destruction of the tyrant as it always happened in history.
"Sad clouds", here clouds are treated as living beings with feelings. However, the irony is that the destruction of the tyrant which should be a happy occasion is watched with sadness. The buzzing of fleas and bees appears to be an irony as well in that bees are often attracted to sweetness and delicacy while fleas may be attracted to scourge and filth.
Baba might as well be depicting the condition in his home country of The Gambia and its powerful ruler.
I hope other analysts and critics with a better understanding an d familiarity of Baba's thought processes provide a better insight into the poem, Sad Clouds.
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