Thursday, 30 September 2010

Welcome to Moondustwriter Thursday - Featuring Poet Emanuel Ibok


I’m excited to feature my friend Emmanuel Ibok
  on Moondustwriter Thursday.

I’m not surprised to learn that Emmanuel has been writing since he was a child. Storytelling and fiction were his mainstay. As he experienced a bit of life he focused more on the philosophy of life. Poetry he found was a great outlet for his expression. He uses his poetry to convey a message, a moral.
My inspiration draws from a lot of angles. It can come from within, music or people and when my mind drifts to distant places.

Join One Stop as we explore the poetry of Emmanuel Ibok



Flip the Coin

I could have been a Taliban,
plying my trade in Afghanistan.
I could have been a market tout,
always with a bottle of Guinness stout.
I could have been a robber,
with no plan that’s proper.
I also could have been a beggar,
surviving on daily earners.
I could have been a puppet,
subjecting myself to an object.
I could have been a failure,
compromising nothing with my leisure.
I could have been a gossip,
spreading rumors for nothing; not even a tip.
I could have also been in jail,
with no chance of being granted bail.
I could have been a day dreamer,
lying down and waiting for my redeemer,
I could have constituted a nuisance,
getting people irritated by my disturbance.
I could have been so pessimistic,
with my thoughts being unrealistic.
I could also have lost my logic,
because my mind is filled with toxic.
But I choose to be a Gentle Man,
being truthful and faithful like an Imam,
living in society with all amount of sincerity,
and fighting for our collective freedom and security.
Why won’t you do same?
why won’t you let peace and justice prevail.



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Forget Me Not

I want to be like a tattoo
remaining permanently on time’s sand;
I must accomplish greatness
so you forget me not.
I want to stick on your lips like glue
long after you say adieu;
I must stay positive
so you forget me not.
I want to shine like the sun
bright enough to lighten your world;
I must live upright
so you forget me not.
I want to live forever; not on earth
but in your hearts’ deepest layer;
I must impress with my life style
so you forget me not.


Enjoy more fantastic writing by Emmanuel Ibok 
The photograph was from my photographer friend Terence Jones who was featured 





14 comments:

Emmanuel Ibok said...

I am honored, Moony!

budh.aaah said...

Yes why cant we coose 'Peace' this is what the world needs right now.

Hey, I wrote my first poem when I was in seventh grade..painting, poetry and the laughter of my child is all that fills up my life nowadays..

budh.aaah said...

Uh, sorry the word is 'choose' :)

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Moondustwriter...
Both of these poems are very thought-provoking (About life and the world we live in too!) and "rings" with so much heartfelt sincerity.
Thank-you, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Brian Miller said...

nice. i think ibok is a great writer...i always find his words intriguing...and i think he has the heart of a poe so it does not surprise me he has been writing so long either...

dustus said...

So glad to see my friend Em featured today! Have been enjoying his posts for a long time now. His poems are thought-provoking, and he is an excellent individual. Also enjoyed his One Shot Wednesday post
Play Well

Mama Zen said...

Very cool. Thanks for the introduction!

moondustwriter said...

Em big hugs for your words of inspiration. I think a poet has a purpose as a writer.

I haven't asked my question in weeks so here it is:
What is your purpose as a writer/poet???

I'm thinking...

RiikaInfinityy said...

Wow two wonderful poems from a wonderful poet! Thank you for sharing, Moon!=P And great job, Emmanuel!^^

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love poems like this that carry such important messages. Beautifully done.

Maureen said...

Thursdays always are very good days to stop here and "meet" your finds.

Claudia said...

...and you must write poetry so we forget you not...
loved the tattoo image

Pete Marshall said...

two great poems by a wonderful poet....a great guy and a great writer..his site is always a pleasure to stop by at...and his work is unique...excellent spotlight...pete

Amanda said...

Apart from the fact that Em is an outstanding poet and writer, he is a unique individual with a heart of gold. I have a very special place in my heart for you Em, it is wonderful to see your work featured here, you deserve the spotlight!! Awesome work Moon!!