lonely heart (a poem) by amu nnadi

(after seeing a photograph on Flower Rae Shearer‘s wall, overcome by sadness, for the bench)

a lonely bench sits in a park
waiting for stray bottoms
walking through the woodslonely heart
of life, to sit and make it warm,
only leaves of fall, sad twigs
and sighs of famished trees
keep it company, touching its
wooden ribs and scarred face
with elegies of coming dusk


amu nnadi is author of four collections of poetry, the fire within, winner of the 2002 ANA Gabriel Okara Prize for Poetry, pilgrim’s passage, shortlisted for the 2005 Nigeria Prize for Literature, and through the window of a sandcastle, winner of the 2013 ANA Poetry Prize, runner-up to the 2013 Nigeria Prize for Literature and winner of the 2014 Glenna Luschei African Poetry Book Prize, and the recently completed a field of echoes, a book of almost 300 new poems.

In addition to all this, he is a close friend, mentor, lovely gentleman and teacher.



Some all-rounded writer with the wits to turn anything and everything to words with inspiration... cheering to glory and on...

3 thoughts on “lonely heart (a poem) by amu nnadi

  1. Beauty in simplicity I’d say and what’s pretty amazing and arresting bout this piece is the excellent use of imageries, giving life and ‘heart’ to a tired old bench just sitting in wait in a wooded park area all by itself in isolation and solitude! Though it be a lonely heart, this bench; tranquility of some sort, flows from thereon! Tx for sharing Su’eddie! 😄


    1. I loved the poem, walahi! Really lovely. What got to me first was the picture and how amu nnadi was able to translate it expertly into words that are a bit haunting. You know, it makes you begin to think deep… Then, when you start to substitute this bench with someone in reality, ahhh…

      Yemz, it was fun sharing.

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