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THE GOURD OF FRIENDSHIP
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The Gourd of Friendship
Where is the curiosity we’ve lost in discovery ?
Where is the discovery we’ve lost in knowledge ?
Where is the knowledge we’ve lost in communication ?
Where is the communication we’ve lost in mass media ?
Where is the message we’ve lost in the medium ?
And where is the community we’ve lost in all these ?
It is easy to go to the moon :
There, there are no people.
It is easier to count the stars :
They will not complain.
But the road to your neighbour’s heart –
Who has surveyed it ?
The formula to your brother’s head –
Who has devised it ?
The gourd that doesn’t spill friendship-
In whose garden has it ever grown ?
You never know despair
Until you’ve lost hope;
You never know your aspiration
Until you’ve seen others’ disillusionment.
Peace resides in the hearts of men
Not in conference tables and delegates’ signatures
True friendship never dies-
It grows stronger the more it is tested.
Richard Ntiru (Uganda)
edited by Wole Soyinka
African Writers Serie