Two Poems by Nfor Edwin

Design Error


I am a broken toy

Shipped late

From the factory and have never

Caught up with the toys from

My batch. Like a limping duck,

I lag behind, trying to catch an eye.


On sale

At a give-away price

On the back shelf

Unwanted, even by the most desperate.



My entire being leaps

When you enter the shop

My heart drums a bedeviled African rhythm

As you pass by

While I beg for a glimpse, pondering:

Can you buy me?

Can you fix me?



Sleeping Beauty


She sleeps on

Keeping company to Alice

Strolling through the prairies of Wonder lands

In the illusionist’s grip


She sleeps on

Putting the muscles to rest

Abandoning herself to the craft of the dream


Sailing away from the turmoil of the realm


Probing the realms of the impossible


She sleeps on

I look on

Trying to grasp the mystery,

The beauty of such abandonment

The still in such escape


She sleeps on

I look on,

Heaving a sigh:

That I could know such escape,

But mine is not flight.

She sleeps on, sleeping beauty

And I look on, watching beast.


Nfor Edwin is a writer, editor and translator.



  1. Everyone of God’s earthly creatures is best in at least one thing Edy, for some it’s composing, painting, playing, singing, teaching, etc. The tricky part of it all is that your God-given skill can only mature if you find out what exactly you are cut out for. Once your eureka moment comes, as i imagine is your case, your every attempt is nothing short of a masterpiece. Even more amazing here is the fact that while you are sat effortlessly doing what you do best, you give the false impression that it is so easy…Believe me Edy, each time you hit that right note, you impact someone’s life somewhere in this troubled world and i am sure that they feel lighter for a least a moment as they read on. I am looking forward to reading your collection bro! Thumbs up to you!

    1. Thanks for the thumbs up brof! I am still a work in progress, praying to achieve great feats, and knowing that, with friends like you, I can soar beyond the clouds and wade through the Milky Way as seamlessly as if I was taking a stroll in “Ndongo stream”! Thank you!

  2. Ravi de constater que tu n’as pas laissé tomber l’écriture, Edy, et que tu vas encore plus loin. J’attends la publication du recueil avec impatience.

  3. La beauté et la profondeur de ces poèmes subjuguent celui qui prend la peine non seulement de les lire mais aussi de les comprendre. Ton écriture est digne des plus grands!!! Je suis impatiente de lire le recueil en entier.

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