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Monday, 3 January 2011

From the City of God

The city of Angels, the city of God 
The city of two halves, 
In melting pots, of culture stands 
I am from the city of God

Beauty expressed on carnival streets, colourful vibes
Shanty towns packed with culture of  samba dance
Slums holds, what community spirits strives 

Then at night darkness prevails 
Theft of life for silver gains
Gun fire, shots spreads, on turf wars
Injected, inhaled, opium of incarcerated lives

Death becomes, of the characters played
Names made,  named fear it holds
Lord of the manor, lord of death

Then in daylight, 
Rolls in the bureaucrat suites
Execution of thy neighbourhood 

Again gun fire shots spreads, stray bullets
My neighbourhood under-siege, police besiege 
Real-estate in dreams monopoly, land value 
Holds' of bureaucrat minds 

Yet I stand firm, my way of life
My culture, my identity
Forms the tribal marks of my land
Colourful and beautiful, flamingo in colours

The ambassadorial spirit it portrays
My flag of green, yellow, 
Blue circle island with white stars
"Ordem e progresso"
I am from the city of God

The picture above depicts a group of boys
In Brazil. The reader should note I am not from 
Brazil and this is just an interpretation the picture
and the Film City Of God.

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  1. Striking poem about such a serious subject. I can see the beautiful colors of your land and the harsh realities of that same beautiful city of God. Well crafted.

  2. scary image,
    powerful piece...

  3. 'Again gun fire shots spreads, stray bullets
    My neighbourhood under-siege, police besiege
    Real-estate in dreams monopoly
    Hold's of bureaucrats minds...'

    Beautifully expressed, i ca relate.
    thanks for sharing.
    Hope we connect literary

  4. urban realities exist
    a purpose buried beneath the noise

    screaming infants, deny us
    wallowing sirens, accuse us
    fading Sun's, forgive us

    your words speak beyond the page

  5. Great flow to your words. Crazy obersvations too! Crazy world no?

  6. Powerfully written, with attention to detail. Well done.

  7. Very good write Kodjo, should be on the reviews of the movie good comparison...thanks for sharing

  8. I love the flow of this poem and way you wrote it.
    It impacts a strong message~

  9. Kodjo,
    An excellent piece of writing with the observation of two sides of life exposed, very well.

    Best wishes, Eileen

  10. Very touching poem.
    It is sad that lives are ruined by warring politicians. But it is also heartening to see that there are carnivals and samba music plays on the streets.

  11. Lovely poem.. partcularly the way it is written with feeling..picking up emotions from the picture.. well done..

  12. This was an excellent interpretation! Very powerful poem.

  13. Can't imagine a life like that... terrible as it is, your words are wonderful and depict this situation ferfectly

  14. Brings to life wonderfully this aspect of life in Brazil. I'll have to check out the movie.

  15. Powerful and gripping. So much suffering in this world. It comes in so many ways, too.

  16. "Then at night darkness prevails
    Theft of life for silver gains.."

    You narrate a sad story with powerful images.

  17. Incredible !

    Thank you for this exercise for the mind. Please have a good new week.

    daily athens

  18. There are always two side to every city....Even the City of God....thank you for your interperation...I have not seen the movie..now I think I need to take a look at it...bkm

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