Poem by Idongesit Ifet

African Sunset

The sun bids Africa a farewell
Rolls her mass of heat away for the day
Smiles a crimson streak across the sky
Birds chirp a chorale of tweet lullabies
As the sun goes home westward to sleep

Fishermen and farmers return from toil
“Did Mother Africa smile on you?” they ask
As they barter Tilapias for yams from their take
Telling tales of seas and soils where they toil
Parting they greet “may the day break”

As men sit over palm wine belching aloud
Women and children in a chatter of folk tales
The town crier sets out bearing his gong
His sonorous voice heard from clan to clan
“He who does not work must not eat” he says

Gentle African breeze pure and fresh
Caress our faces and rustle the leaves
Of trees swaying in a last dance at sunset
Blowing out our oil lamps as we lay to rest
Till the cock sounds a call “the day is breaking”



Idongesit Ifet is from Akwa Ibom State Nigeria; an accountant. He is Chairman; Society of Young Nigerian Writers Akwa Ibom State chapter/ National Secretary, Society of Young Nigerian Writers; founder, Ibom Literary Fellows Initiative (ILFI). His passion for literature is the driving force behind his writings. He has won several literary prizes including first runner up; Eriata Oribhabor Food Poetry Contest, 2014. His literary work has appeared in diverse publications like “Natural Reflections” an anthology of poems by Shannon Norman,” Who Shall I Make My Wife”, an anthology of food related poems by Eriata Oribhabor, newspapers, magazines and blogs.