THE RIGHT SUITOR

Akinjise Daniel
Posted September 4, 2018 from Nigeria

The Right Suitor

A child was born about 6 decades ago

Into the hands of a waiting white suitor

She got nurtured and grew by the day

She crawled, leapt and walked in it time

 

She became a woman and then her crown left

From her, came thirty six offspring

Which she protected and fed unto maturity

A time came when she needed another crown

 

Suitors came from the north, east and south

She takes turn on each for at most eight years

Each one causing her miscarriages and agony

Who will bring her peace and joy?

 

Who will put a smile to her face?

The young clamours, the old clamours too

Who is the right suitor for this woman in agony?

Could it be you?

 

POETRY ANALYSIS

The poem “The Right Suitor” written by Akinjise Daniel in year 2018 is a free verse poem which has 16 lines broken up into 4 quatrains. It is themed or finds it thematic structure on the current situation in Nigeria, an African country. In stanza one, the poet talked about Nigeria, a country that got her independence some decades ago from the British Government (Britain). The poet chooses to describe the country as a feminine gendered character (a woman). The poet consciously made use of metaphoric words like woman, crown, suitor, offspring, and miscarriage, to mention a few in order to suggest a resemblance to the exact point.

In stanza two, the poet talked about a child that grew into womanhood, going through the different phases of human life-cycle to a point where she gave birth to about 36 offspring; which she took care of till the stage of maturity, after which she losses her crown (post-independence).

(Crown in this context means husband. In the African culture, a woman’s husband is regarded as her crown, without which she is incomplete). In stanza three, the poet talked about her (the woman) supposedly suitable suitors (suitors in this context mean politicians/presidential aspirants) coming from the different regions domiciled in the country; Nigeria, that is the Northern region (Hausa), the Eastern region (Igbo) and the Western region (Yoruba). The poet says that each of these aspirants after being voted into power remains in that post for a maximum of eight years without having something to show for it other than miscarriages. The poet intentionally uses the word “miscarriages” meaning bloodshed which comes from the Fulani herdsmen killing, Boko haram terrorist attacks which is evident in the occurrences happening in northern part of the country (Taraba, Plateau and Adamawa). The question then is who will bring that peace back to Nigeria; the peace that once existed.

In stanza four, the poet asked again a question:’ who will put a smile to her face?” the young clamor, the old clamors too. Not quite long, the young Nigerians requested that a bill: NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN be passed. But they forgot that a young person was once given a chance and he messed it up. The old ones (Adult) too claims that power should remain with them with the notion that with adulthood comes experience. But there haven’t been reasonable changes since the power has been with them. The woman (Nigeria) then is thrown into a dilemma of who is capable of being her suitor.

In conclusion, the poet throws a question” who is the right suitor for this woman in agony?” Could it be you? The poet advises that both the young and old be given a chance and should make the right use of the chance given, even in the forth-coming general election.

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jlanghus
Sep 04, 2018
Sep 04, 2018

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for sharing your interesting and highly metaphorical poem. It definitely had me thinking:-) Hope your country's woes improve soon:-)

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Thanks JLANGHUS

jlanghus
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

You're welcome:) Have a good day!

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 04, 2018
Sep 04, 2018

Hi Daniel,

Poetry is powerful and you have a keen eye for analysis. So often we refer to our countries, even the world as female, as mother, as motherland, as mother earth. Indeed, she feeds us, gives us water and we need her. And we need to take care of her. This poem is interesting to me that the only solutions in this is through her finding the right man ” who is the right suitor for this woman in agony?”. What is missing from the world situation (in which there is strife in so many countries) is a whole new way of thinking, in which the suppressed ideas, the voices of women are freed to describe a different solution, one that does not depend on a "good match", rather that we work together. It is thought provoking for me to know that this poem was written so recently. It is good to have you here in WorldPulse. I look forward to more of what catches your attention, and I hope for solutions to the current governmental problems in Nigeria. Yes, young and old in the next election. And hopefully the visionary voices of more women.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Thanks TAMARACK VERRALL

Tarke Edith
Sep 04, 2018
Sep 04, 2018

Hello Daniel
YOU are welcome to the platform and thank you for you poem

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Thanks TARKE EDITH

Beth Lacey
Sep 04, 2018
Sep 04, 2018

Thanks for sharing.
Beth

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Thanks Beth

Gulzaib Tareen
Sep 05, 2018
Sep 05, 2018

Continue to work for improvement

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Thanks Gulzaib

Jacqueline Namutaawe
Sep 05, 2018
Sep 05, 2018

Hey Daniel your poetry skills are wow!!! It got me thinking.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Thanks JACQUELINE

Princesse MUHINDO Malembero
Sep 05, 2018
Sep 05, 2018

Merci d'avoir partager votre poème, courage mon grand !

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Merci

Adanna
Sep 05, 2018
Sep 05, 2018

Dear Daniel,

Nice one and thank you for sharing.

Cheers,
Adanna

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Thanks

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Thanks for the beautiful comments and likes, they are encouraging!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Hello, Daniel,

How artistic of you to paint Nigeria through words describing a woman. Reading the poetry, I felt your love for Nigeria,at the same time, the pain of not finding the right partner as her crown.

Continue to write more. Thank you for sharing the analysis. It gave me a context of what Nigeria is.

Keep writing!

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Thanks Karen, that was encouraging

Sophie Ngassa
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Hello Daniel, The interpretation of your story in interesting. It left me thinking. Thanks for sharing.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

Thanks Sophie, i appreciate

Sophie Ngassa
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 08, 2018

Hello Daniel, The interpretation of your story in interesting. It left me thinking. Thanks for sharing.

Jafreen Alamgir
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 08, 2018

Great! An interesting poem and look forward to your success.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

Thanks Karen for the encouragement

SanPatagonia
Sep 09, 2018
Sep 09, 2018

I love so much discovering poetry from around the world. Thanks for posting yours!
It also made me wonder about our homelands... mine is also portrayed as a "she"...

Poetry is such a powerful, and sometimes forgotten voice. I hope to read more of yours soon.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

Thanks Sanpatagonia,

It's nice seeing like-minds like you who write to change the world.
Thanks for encouraging

Sharon Makunura
Sep 09, 2018
Sep 09, 2018

Very thought provoking. Well done.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

Thanks Sharon

Ngala Nadege
Sep 13, 2018
Sep 13, 2018

Wow .great poetry
Thanks for sharing

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 24, 2018
Sep 24, 2018

Thanks Ngala

Obisakin Busayo
Sep 23, 2018
Sep 23, 2018

WAO! Inspiring. Well done and thanks for sharing
Warmly
Busayo

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 24, 2018
Sep 24, 2018

Thanks Busayo. It's nice to hear from you

Olubee
Sep 24, 2018
Sep 24, 2018

Hi Daniel,
I love the way you use poetry to describe the Nigerian polity.You are very right both young and old must have a level playing ground to contest for any position they like.
I will check you on social media. WELL DONE BRO.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 25, 2018
Sep 25, 2018

Thanks Olubee.
I really appreciate.

Rosylyne Nabaala
Sep 25, 2018
Sep 25, 2018

Thanks for sharing this with us dear.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 26, 2018
Sep 26, 2018

Thanks ROSYLYNE for the encouragement

Colleen Abdoulah
Sep 30, 2018
Sep 30, 2018

yes thank you for sharing this with us...the poem and comments below are wonderful and have me thinking...welcome

Akinjise Daniel
Oct 10, 2018
Oct 10, 2018

Thanks so much for encouraging me

otahelp
Feb 06
Feb 06

Akinjise, true to your poem. Nigeria is in a real dilemma. Who will bell the cat? the continuous old or the new young? it is really dicey. if every registered voter can vote come out and vote their conscience, we will get the true result. Please lets continue with the continuous voters education. thank you