A man child he is!

There’s a guy, son of a man
Not yet a man, but a man child
Yet to walk the world’s paths
Nonetheless, a man he is

He now talks bout ice cream, lollies,
canoes, bicycles, and a chance
To fly with the clouds, and watch
The World from his perspective

Not yet a man, this son of a man
Yet to know this majestic world’s
Grace, splendour, and wrinkles of love,
Perhaps hisses of storms will do him well

And he is already on the roll;
Fluent with his tongue cheeky,
A way with words – his beauty,
And with a voice mighty golden

He isn’t much of a man, nor a boy,
Oh a guy he is nevertheless,
And a bloody good one at it
He is a man child, indeed!

And does what a son of a man does
Dance his way around – not once
His muscles small but active
The stamina, perseverance; name it!

His beauty, not much of an angle’s
But he is an angle without wings
With dream better than an angle’s
And a hallo to be reckoned with

He isn’t much of a gentleman
Nor much of a mighty man
But he’s gentle as gentle can ever be
And mighty as mighty can ever be

There’s a guy, son of a man
Not yet a man, but a man child
He is a guy nonetheless and
He is my dearest son!

Jeff  Febi

For my son Nalepa Diou Febi


To the Green-eyed monster

You reflected me through scepticism,
Magnified by your fiery green eyes.
Emerging from the food hole,
The forked one parades my history
On mockery however it pleases.

Why on earth harass me, when
I demean not thy wise arrogance;
Nor deride thy educated ignorance;
Or deceive thy dumb ingenuity?

Here stand I to proclaim an effect:
Forks and shovels are the cause.
With multitudes sweating on high,
This isn’t the paradise we dream.

Unsettling as the morning mist;
Elusive as waves on shores;
Paradise is only in our dreams.
We’ll labour on into the setting sun,
Where the ancient grey hats await us.

How many more distortions, would the
Flaming tips of your parching tongue,
Summon for fading re-inventions?

Have you ever dreamt of forks and shovels,
Blistered hands and sweating multitudes?

By: Jeffrey Febi                 02 Jan 2010


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