LIVY EMEREONYE – SILVER AWARD WINNER, TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ COMPETITION 2021

THE DAY OF RAIN

By Livy-Elcon Emereonye

Early. It’s bright and early

That none can rightly guess the offer

But like the transience of things

The weather a new form, look take

And everywhere’s cloudy!

Cloudy. It’s indeed cloudy

When heaven’s begging for answer

Cloudy indeed it’s that serenity’s the answer

Then comes a cure for somnolence –

And heavy sleepers’re not left out!

There’s rest for the workaholics for some minutes

As ponderability over the magnitude sedates

Cool. It’s cool and darker as early sun’s aborted

Then in its drizzly manner, there’s visitor without a knock –

The rain started, raining cats and dogs.

Cat and dog run for cover, humans lie with much cover

May be to take a nap or even to steal rest

But for truant it’s enough excuse for addiction

Or how inconsiderate can the boss be to ask why?

Yet there’re more whys than anticipated!

There’s the why for occurrence of repeated morning rain

And the why of the ceaseless distortion, 

disturbances it brings about!

Like a frivolous wave, laughter on many employees’ faces exists

And this can easily be explained, as the employers will but count

losses – As the workforce at home stay to rest!

And like the wind that goes where it chooses,

 the ceaseless drops of water form mighty erosion.

Erosion here and there leaves many uncomfortable, homeless:

The continuation of the rain brings more continuum of pain

Those with leaking roofs have everything dampened and soaked

While inhabitants of swampy area move but with boats!

Like thieves that come to steal and destroy

The rain takes more hours than anticipated

That sleepers after the rest wake up to meet the peak:

After seven hours of heavy downpour, there’s a change of gear

That one can on top most voice shout without a notice

Leaving only but frustration –

This complex’s worsened by the criss-cross movement of worms

That protest in search of something to eat!

The eyes after swelling swell again…

This time not by sleep but hunger

The hunger that suffocates even hope’s all that’s left

As soup’s soured and stove watered

Yet there’s no way to get out of the room

 where discomfort’s sole partner.

The boss whose duplex’s filled with foodstuff

experiences no pain at all

But the workforce suffers…

As things get out of hand, 

he that laughed first also cried first –

When you think you’re cheating others,

You may actually be punishing yourself.

So make no caricature and

 Burn not your emotions in trashcan!

About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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