(For my friend, Su’eddie)
This, only this, would I have you note
on creation’s day of gifts
he gave you feet
to walk this rough-hewn earth—
had he wanted you to fly
he’d have given you wings!
This, also, note:
the well-beaten track is like water:
no one leaves their footprints on water—
not even he who alone walked on water.
This dawn, arise—arise!
Arise, take your dream
take your dream to the end of the road
to the end of the road that does not exist
and then take the road
take the road to the end of your dream—
in measured steps
stake out that road to the end of your dream.
Hyginus Ekwuazi is a multiple award-winning poet, playwright and novelist. He has four published poetry collections (countless others thrown away), a couple of plays, screenplays, a novel I’ve miles to walk before I sleep, and countless academic papers. He is a literary
connoisseur and one of the leading contemporary Nigerian voices of poetry. Dr. Ekwuazi teaches Advertising and Media Arts at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He lives in Ibadan with his family, pets and a host of travelling friends.