Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Song of Loneliness--By Ndongolera C. Mwangupili--Malawi

A Song of Loneliness

Who will sing me
a song of hope?
who will cite lines
of love to me?
who will utter
verses of mercy to me?

I have walked a long distance
of humps and bumps
and when I look back
I see only one pair of footsteps
all along my journey.

Is life an unmusical song
sung by a lonesome soul?
is life a sad tale
told by a lone idiot?

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. This is an illness that sometimes attaks some sensitive souls, mainly us poets. Be strong and go ahead. It is a fine poem.

  2. Oh, the prime questions of life that are unfortunately never directly answered! lovely poem.

  3. companionship completes the human... #essence

  4. Sometimes it feels that way. Depends on how you look at it.

  5. Ndongolera,
    The middle verse reminds me of the story that says when God says, "When you saw the one pair of footprints, it was then that I carried you." Keep the faith and be blessed!
    Your new friend,
    David Fox