He carries me in his hands as his torch
to light the world with a touch,
also as a bait in his hook, for winning souls
and fishing them from the life of fouls.
With heavily feathered wings,
he covers me from the piercing cold
and parasite’s killings
as I travel on this infinite road.
Like a Kangaroo he pockets me inside his pouch,
I rest in it as my most comfortable couch,
with my head outside, I watch as he teaches me to be Christian fit
before I take his examples on my own feet.
He lights the below of the grass on which I crawl,
like it’s a space-coloured glass I clearly see below
the deadly traps at charge,
and safely I cross with a God-built bridge.
His is the only one with wings
that can fly me into my dream city, Paradise;
every Christian’s dream, where everyone beautifully sings
and forever lives there (as a righteousness prize).
Andrew Ntchindi Jere is a youthful Malawian poet. His poems have been extensively published in his country’s leading local newspapers, magazines and online publications. His poem, “The Charcoal Maker” was nominated in the 2013 Wisdom Dede Kamkondo Poetry Competition; the most prestigious Malawian poetry competition. He is a first year student at Mzuzu University, Malawi. He believes that God is his source of creativity.