Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Lonesome Song--By Ndongolera C. Mwangupili--Malawi

A Lonesome Song

I am a lonely frog's egg,
Missing parental care and love,
Surrounded by hungry fishes,
Carried away by angry waters
To a non-existent place.

I am a lonely butterfly in whirlwind,
Whirling, swirling
To a bizarre hearth.

I am a lonely soloist
Without a mirthful audience,
Singing cumbersome lamentations
Memorized by migrating birds
Flying away from this wild world

Ndongolera C. Mwangupili works as a Senior Inspector of Schools in Malawi. He has vast experience as a teacher of English and Bible Knowledge. Many of his short stories, poems and essays have been published in the Malawi News and Weekend Nation. His stories are anthologized in Modern Stories from Malawi and The Bachelor of Chikanda and Other Stories. His poem “The Genesis” was anthologized in The Time Traveller of Maravi: New Poetry from Malawi. His other poem “Letters to a Comrade” is published online in India on He believes that there is a thin line between fiction and reality. All that people write is a re-creation of what is already known to the writer and exists not only in the mind of the writer but also outside the writer, therefore, fiction is actually facts written as if they are not facts. He is married to Angella, and they have two daughters Mary Magdalena and Princess Cleopatra.


  1. Hi, Ndongolera, your poem is sort of like a whisper that echoes in one's mind aroused by a certain kind of silence. Very sad, nostalgic and seemingly vulnerable, too. Beautiful! Sheri

  2. I thought this write a blessing in short poetry, a fabulous expression of the whispers in ones own ear delivering a gracious bow of glory through soft words.

  3. a thoughtful poem on the transient nature of things. enjoyed the quiet nature if your words. Ralph

  4. very interesting piece, thank you for sharing it with us.

  5. I like writing from the inhabitants of Nature point of view and I like how you have brought these verses together to portray Nature and its trip through lives. Bob

  6. Hi Ndongolera. I enjoyed reading your poem. It is filled with richness of depth and a different twist. Nice work. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  7. Ndongolera,
    A great poem despite evoking sadness and despair. Know you have many friends here on this site.