Monday, October 14, 2013

Song of a Lonely Traveler--By Ndongolera C. Mwangupili--Malawi

Song of a Lonely Traveler

I have tuned a hymn
That will live till love
Ceases to be love.
Is it madness to expose
Heart’s loneliness, my love?

I have been a traveler
On this road of loneliness,
I have journeyed a long way.
And now
I have reached my destination.
Yet you tell me to continue walking.

Lead my way and I will
Pace beside you to where
There is light!
There is joy!
There is…!

Aah! Where there is song to sing
And dance to dance is the destination.

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 a daughter Mary Magdalena.


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  2. Really beautifully written. I enjoyed reading it. Loved your destination. So many rather sad poems end in sadness, yet this one gives hope. Thank you.

  3. Dongolera, l danced to the rhythm of your poem as l read about the road of loneliness. Indeed ,its destination could not have been anything else other than joy. What a beautiful read!

  4. Sad subject that has an uplifting ending. Creative work here - enjoyable reading...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  5. Wow!, Ndongolera,
    I really like the start of the poem, its unique.
    Keep it up.

  6. Enjoyed this piece very much. A solitary theme though with a rich chorus at its conclusion! rewarding......ralph