Wednesday, June 3, 2015

If the Sun Wasn’t so Mean--By Su'eddie Vershima Agema--Nigeria

If the Sun Wasn’t so Mean
(for Margaret Ifeoma Osuji)

If the sun wasn’t so mean
you would not know the beauty of the moon’s grin
If the day wasn’t so harshly bright
you would not consider the soothing of the night

Death stretches out to capture our pearls
to teach the adage forever sells
that you value what you have
in the finite space blessed by the one who did us all carve

The sun is mean if you miss its grin
The day is harshly bright if you forget its light
wonders and continuous wonders
that transcend the confines of our mere thoughts

Life’s lesson is best captured in its strife
Its beauty in the emptiness of its duty
To death, a deferent departure from this earth
Dawn’s fullness through a day till dusk and then morn

If the sun wasn’t so mean dear
There would be much to fear
A deathly chill – need I say the rest?
Enjoy the sun – it hurts but know through it, we are blessed.

Su'eddie Vershima Agema was joint winner, Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Poetry 2014 with his second collection, Home Equals Holes: Tale of an Exile. He lives in Nigeria, blogs at and can be reached at @sueddieagema on Twitter.


  1. This is a wonderful and thought provoking poem. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it this evening. What a grandiose piece!

  2. I will take this poem as a blessing, because it is.

    1. Thank you, Sir, really much. How on earth did you people collaborate to bring a beauty such as the goodbye poem? 'Goodbyes'. Now, I must say 'Thank you' for sharing that one too! It spoke to me.

  3. I really enjoyed your piece, thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank YOU for reading :) and for commenting... Always a thrill :)

  4. Su'eddie,
    Love this, especially the beautiful ending!

    1. Hello Sir David, thanks! I am delighted you love it - most delighted! Ah! One day perhaps I will be chosen to collaborate on a poem too? :)

      Thank you :)

    2. Su'eddie,
      If you give me your e-nail perhaps we can collaborate, you can provide the first half and I the second.
      Your friend,
      David Fox

  5. Hi Su`eddie,
    I really like this thoughtful poem and yes it is only through the dangers and traumas
    of life that we begin to bloom. A great poem and descriotiveness.
    Yvonne (Sparkes)

    1. Thank you Ma'am! I am most glad you took out time to not only read but drop a comment! I am dancing in my thoughts, at the second! :)

  6. Hi Su'eddie. I enjoyed your poem. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!


    1. Yaaaay! Thank you Sir :) I am grinning now. God bless us more! :)

  7. WOW, what a wonderfully philosophical poem Su'eddie! I quite enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent.

    1. Thank you, Charlene, for sharing your love, not just for me but all of us here. Thank you, really much, for all your time. God bless you :)