Showcasing Jay’s Anthology – Climbing the Sky
In our conclusion of showcasing Jusu Jaka Yawmah (in photo), a Sierra Leonean medical student and aspiring physician currently residing in Ghana who found at the age of 17, during his 5th form at Prince of Wales School that he had a gift for writing – in particular poetry, we present “Climbing The Sky.” Jay Jay’s collections are epic, pastoral, religious, haiku, inspirational and symbolic. Jay Jay’s highlights his artistic flair in speaking up, especially for the suffering masses in his country and continent as a whole.
Jay Jay’s talent brilliantly shines through in all his writings – fame has to only be steps away for this truly inspirational poet whose contributions to Sierra Leonean literature are invaluable!
Climbing The Sky
“In everything you do, your aim should always be the sky”
Was what she said to me after saying, “My son, draw nigh”
“I don’t have wings, Mum”, came the timid and solemn reply
Coyly, I added, “So how do I get to the sky when I cant fly?”
With a smile, said, “Even those with wings can’t go that high”.
Sitting all by myself, puzzled by this maxim, I noticed a little wren
The thought flashed with a plan, so I found a small book and a pen.
To this plan I clung, like the precious brood of chicks to Mother hen;
A parachute or ladder? A rope or catapult plus some very strong men
But one thing! How could I possibly do all of this, when I am only ten!
For my trip to the sky; I need a springboard, or maybe a strong catapult
What if I fall? What if I…? My fears, anxiety and perplexity made it difficult,
Thus bringing limitations; to my conscience, this was the greatest assault
So I waived this idea, for another time, maybe… when I’m a full grown adult
That’s done! I amused myself with a kid rhyme, a frog leap and a somersault.
“I’ll someday climb the sky”. I kept saying this, with a very strong conviction
And as I transcend from a boy to youth, hold on to my childhood proposition
Now aware of what it takes, it becomes my mantra and personal motivation
Climbing the sky, my cliché, and all the difficulties attached, my inspiration
And on that sky I’ll be, while they shower me with words of congratulation.
Congratulations to make up for the effort and pains while I plan in solitude
And disproving my feeble apprehension by reaching the top of the latitude
It will be amiss, failing to express my heartfelt and undiluted gratitude
To all; the failures, the fumbles, the limitations, the feeling of lassitude,
Nature, the wren, my small book, my will, for proving out my aptitude.
The ten year old, the well wisher, and the critic for giving me the attitude.
I reached my limits, I did it! I’ve made it! My climb to the sky is absolute
There I’ll declare, “The aptitude, the attitude brought me to this altitude”.
© JUSU JAKA YAWMAH
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