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'A Sign for Rain'... a pure African poem that tells of the significance and importance of rain (water) in the lives of Africans. Rain (water) is used for both domestic and commercial purposes. Without it, life is meaningless and not worth living.
Enjoy the reading and feel African!


Flashes of lights, loud thunder strikes.
The clouds are stiff but the earth is calm.
The preys run for their life to seek refuge.
The wild winds roar to scare the tattered plants.
Sons and daughters of Ogbadungbe springing out of their hatches
as a river springs out of its source.
Loud voices and chanting songs… ooooooo…
It looks as if there’s going to be a feast.
Suddenly, the whole town is out.
In rounds and turns they began to sing and dance, lifting high their hands to the sky
as they chant the name of Odumankuma, the earth god.
‘… for years now, it has not rained.
The clouds were stiff and have refused to shed tears on our land.
The lands look hopeless, helpless and useless.
But this moment is what we all await for. After several periods of prayers and sacrifices,
The gods have finally attended to our prayers.
… A sign of rain, a risen cloud from the sea’
This they danced to and began to sing:
Shame unto you, shame unto you…
Shame unto you our enemies.
You thought you’ve finished us up, but you haven’t.
You took away from us our productivity.
You made our lands dry; stubborn to grow any seed we plant.
The birds and the bees find no more pasture, so find their way out.
You pierced our hearts with pains and sorrows.
You thought you’ve done with us, but here we’re still alive.
Shame unto you our enemies.
Oh! Odumankuma, the god of our ancestors…
We thank you for this moment. We’re pleased for this great sign.
We believe in you and you’ve never failed us.
Today, you shall let your clouds shed their tears on us.
Asase Yaa, the earth goddess has been in thirst for long.
Let the stiff clouds rain their eyes out for the land to gain back its fertility.
We beseech you now to let your waters fall… Odumankuma!!!
By: Daniel N. Kotei
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Submitted: September 29, 2009

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Richa Gupta

right....nice done...i liked it...

Wed, September 30th, 2009 4:57am



Mon, October 5th, 2009 4:23am

Jane Iwenofu

This is good and reminds me of something I wrote earlier. Well done !

Sat, October 3rd, 2009 10:48am



Mon, October 5th, 2009 4:20am

Jane Iwenofu

I was going to give you a call but im not too sure of the number..leave me a message wit the number and ill give you a quick shout today.Looking forward to talking wit ya!

Sat, October 3rd, 2009 11:36am


Thanks pal. i've dropped the number on your comment list. sorry for the delay. hope to hear from you as promised.

Mon, October 5th, 2009 4:17am

Naomi Taylor

hello! iv decided to read a few more poems and this was is excellent! very well written fabulous job ???

Mon, October 5th, 2009 9:30pm


thank you very much pal. wish you all the best!

Thu, October 8th, 2009 8:26am

Don George

Very nicely written!
I like the way you really made us feel what it must be like at times.

Tue, December 15th, 2009 5:30pm


am so grateful. thank you very much!

Thu, December 31st, 2009 3:21am

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