FREI WERDEN

Täglich begoß er sie
Mit seiner Sehnsucht nach Befreiung
Pflegte sie und hegte und schnitt
Und blieb zart mit ihr, denn sie
War eine Blume. Und blieb distanziert
Leicht von ihr, denn sie war seine
Vergangenheit. Und

Sie schluckte frustriert seinen Erguss runter
Denn nicht zart begoßen sein wollte sie
Sondern genähert und zermalmt
Bis sie verschwände. Und so verschwand
Sie nach und nach, wachsend an seinem
Erguß und vergaß seinen Würgekuss
Und wurde groß und stark. Und

Als sie reif genug geworden war
Pflanzte er sie still ins Freie um
Und machte endlich Schluß.

Che Chidi Chukwumerije
2019: Das Jahr der deutschen Dichtung

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SOFIA

Deine schlanken Zypressen
Wie Haare, die meine Finger fressen wollen
Deine rauhe uralte Erde, wie schwere Lippen
Aus denen ich Küsse herauspressen würde
Wenn die Sprache unserer Augen nur
Unsere trockenen Zungen nässen würde.

Sofia. Durst nach Nektar, heftigem Saft
Deftigem Drängen nach dürstigem Wein
Dürftigem Weinen, ohne Hast ohne Rast
Kurz vorm Erwachen. Kurz vorm Erschlaffen.
Lautloses Weinen laut wie Lachen. Sofia.

Halb mediterran, halb latein, halb slaw,
Halb alt, halb neu. Dennoch mit einem
Weichen Erz. Denn Weisheit im Kern muß
Weich sein, um zu erreichen mein hartes Herz

Che Chidi Chukwumerije
2019: Das Jahr der deutschen Dichtung

VERRAT

Acht Kräuter gegen einen Baum
Acht Planeten oder neun?
Gib Acht, gib Acht
Sonst wirst Du es bereuen.

Wenn Blumen eine Blume fressen
Wenn Freunde die Freundschaft vergessen
Wenn Rat sich fügt zum Verrat
Und Ver-ein sich ent-zweit unterdessen

Gib Acht, gib Acht
Es wurde nie Fiktion geschrieben
Die nicht basiert war
Auf Wirklichem einst getrieben.

Che Chidi Chukwumerije
2019: Das Jahr der deutschen Dichtung

REIFUNG

Die Temperatur fällt
Es fallen die Blätter ab
Das Feuer lockt zum Herd
Die Kälte zum Grab

Mensch und Tier ziehen zusammen
Wärme geteilt, wie Gedanken, wie Gefühle
Wie Empfindungen, wie die Einsamkeit
Ist Wärme vertieft. Als Kern, als Hülle.

Der Höhenflug des Sommers
War lang. Die innere Rückreise
Zu den Kernfragen setzt nun an
Langsam, herbstlich, reif, leise.

Reif wie Dein schweigender Blick
Wo einst Du so viel gesagt hättest
Reif wie unsere abgekühlte Liebe, die
Du im letzten Augenblick noch rettest.

Che Chidi Chukwumerije
2019: Das Jahr der deutschen Dichtung

ICH WÜNSCHE DIR

Wie Stufen…
Ihre Schreie rufen mich
Von Sorge zu Sorge immer tiefer
In den Gedanken nieder:
Es ist alles umsonst,
Gute Gedanken und Worte
Gute Vorsätze und die gute Tat
Das bringt alles nichts.

Und dann denke ich daran
Daß die Schöpfung aus Gottes Wollen
Hervorging
Samt Blumen und Lächeln und Sehnsucht
Samt Wachstum und Erleben
Und vor allem Liebe
Nichts ist umsonst im Garten “Schöpfung”
Wir ernten alles, was wir geben
Entweder in diesem Leben
Oder in einem anderen.

Wie Stufen…
Die Erkenntnis zieht mich wieder
Aus dem Loch ihrer Schreie heraus…
So gerne wurde ich sie mit ihnen teilen
Aber ihre Schreie waren nicht laut
Sie waren verborgen in ihren Herzen
Während wir Guten Morgen sagen
Und Wie geht es Dir? Na, was sonst:
Danke, gut. Ich wünsche Dir dennoch
Einen schönen Tag.

Che Chidi Chukwumerije
2019: Das Jahr der deutschen Dichtung

GEFALLENE GEISTER

Manchmal in Momenten der Niederlage
Verlieren wir unsere Menschlichkeit.
Überlebenstanz, Rache, Tränen, Rage
Ihr wißt schön Bescheid –
Mißgunst und Neid.

Doch nichts ist trauriger als wenn ein Sieger
Seine Menschlichkeit veräußert
Alles Kleine in dem großen Krieger
Wird entsprechend vergrößert –
Das Gemeine befeuert.

Einst warst Du anders als heute
Du konntest menschlich lachen trotz Sieg oder Verlust
Lachen ohne Zynismus, ohne Schadenfreude
Dein Lachen war geistig und selbstbewusst –
Voller Lebenslust.

Über gefallene Engel weiß ich wenig
Aber gefallene Geister sind mir vertraut
Denn ich bin einer davon und spüre es stetig –
Doch, flüstern unsere inneren Stimmen miteinander vertraut
Klingen sie zusammen wieder laut.

Che Chidi Chukwumerije.
2019: Das Jahr der deutschen Dichtung

THE BEST OF THE GOOD IN US

For those people (and leaders) who like to blame the masses and exonerate the leaders who, as they say, afterall emerged from those same masses and from those same people… well, as logical as your argument is, I would nevertheless like to say this:

This is the magic and importance of leadership -:
If you aspire to leadership and campaign for it or willingly accept an appointment to it, you thereby indicate your willingness to be better than the masses, to be an example for the masses and to pull, inspire, chaperone and lead the masses out of the wrong towards the right. You indicate your certainty that you KNOW and UNDERSTAND the masses, from out of whom you also arose. Your campaign is an assurance that you know their weaknesses and strengths, their qualities, history and idiosyncrasies, their needs and problems. And that you know how to pull them together and bring out the Better Them. The best in them.

No one expects you to be perfect, but they expect you to strive towards perfection. If they experience you doing so, they will be ready to forgive you your shortcomings.

Blaming the masses is not the solution. The masses are yearning and looking for a leader – a GOOD leader. And that’s why they voted for you. They believed in your rhetoric and put their faith in you. Now YOU have to lead them towards what is better – instead of turning around and blaming them.

Especially in a young country whose institutions are still weak and forming, where there is mass under-education and massively one-sided congregation of wealth, we need powerful circles and groups of leadership personalities to break into the driving seat on all levels and power the birth of the best of the good in us. One day we will hit that critical mass that tips the scale. Good people really need to stick together and work together – because evil people always do. Irrespective of colour, class, cut-out, conviction and creed – on both sides.

The leader should first give his best, his honest and noble best; and then leave posterity to be the judge. Don’t blame the masses, don’t blame the people. Blame the leaders. If you are not ready or able to lead, do not step forward in the first place to ask for or accept the staff of office. If you do that, then you represent the worst of what you condemn in the masses.

From now on, we want leaders who represent and reflect The Best of what is in the masses of the peoples. This is what Nigeria needs now. This is what Africa needs now. Afterall, there is a reason why leadership is called “public service”.

– Che Chidi Chukwumerije

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ERNTEDANK

Einer jener Momente
Wo ich einfach nur dankbar sein will
Mein Leben, Du bist mein Feld
Ich pflanze Tränen und pflücke Lächeln
Streue Einsamkeit und sammle Gesellschaft ein
Und zwar der echten Art
Innerer Verbundenheit
Ich beerdige meine Vergangenheit
Und Du schenkst mir eine Zukunft
Mein Leben, mein Feld, Du
Nimmst auf meine Verzweiflung und ich
Ernte Hoffnung hell wie der wahre Sonn-Tag.
Danke für den Regen und die Sonne
Und alle Helfer und den Schöpfer
Und das Geschenk des Lebens
Und des Innenlebens.

Che Chidi Chukwumerije
2019: Das Jahr der deutschen Dichtung

RÜCKKEHR DER DIKTATOREN

Vor lauter Gestalt
Wo bist Du, Inhalt?
Sollen wir jetzt Angst haben
Da die Diktatoren weltweit
Wie dunkle Wolken am Himmel
Sich zusammenziehen und verbünden?
Vor lauter unlauterer Gestalt
Inhalt, wo bleibst Du, Inhalt?

Als wir jünger waren und leichtgläubig
Waren wir alle blauäugig und blind
Durchschauten nichts, sahen nicht
Die kommende Trennung nach Gestalt
Des gehaltsschweren leeren Inhalts.
Sollen wir jetzt Angst haben
Da die Diktatoren sich gefunden haben?
Wen werden sie schützen? Wen vernichten?
Vor lauter Gestalt – – Wo bleibt Inhalt?

Che Chidi Chukwumerije
2019: Das Jahr der deutschen Dichtung

AFRICAN OPPRESSORS

The ironic tragedy about Africa is that foreign oppressors got replaced by African oppressors. An oppressive system needs an oppressor to run it, it is designed to be run by oppressors, and only oppressors can successfully run it.

The colonies were oppressive systems created by foreign interests to exploit the nature, the resources, the people and the dynamics within Africa. To successfully do this, they had to create or midwife or empower an intermediate class of African oppressors to be their remote controlled agents of oppression. In some cases they subjugated and then used already existent mini-powers of local imperialism existent on parts of the continent. Together with the new ones they groomed, using the divide and rule strategy, they created a comprehensive across-board layer and class of all-too-willing African oppressors.

At “independence”, underneath all the chaos that came afterwards, this class of African oppressors remained conscious, self-aware, ruthless and bent on replacing their masters; and eventually the leadership of these oppressive systems cynically called “African countries” were taken over by this class of African oppressors. In situations where a really freedom-minded African managed to be the first post-colonial African leader of these post-colonial entities – like Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana or Patrice Lumumbah in Congo – they were quickly and easily killed or ejected by that same class of African oppressors under the guidance and with the support of the foreign oppressors and imperialists. They secured thereby their agents of neo-colonialism and eventual recolonisation. Even until today, anytime non-oppressive personalities or tendencies seek to manifest in the leadership strata of Africa, this class of African oppressors frustrate them or eliminate them.

This is generally the situation that has reigned in Africa until today. Originally sovereign indigenous African peoples and nationalities were conquered, de-sovereignised, broken up and dispossessed. In their place, new territories of foreign authority were drawn up by the foreign imperialists, with new borders, new laws, new governments, new structures, new raison d’etre, new system of thought and of operation – all geared towards the imperialistic Exploitation of Africa. The education of Africans henceforth also was geared towards the production of the different levels of servants required to fulfil this uncivil servitude. The originally de-sovereignised African states have never again got back their Sovereignty even until today.

After the 2nd World War, when the political wind of change reduced support for a system of “colonialism” and “imperialism”, this was a temporary blow to fascism worldwide and forced a withdrawal from the visible driving seats of their colonial empires. However, the oppression-continuums they created remained in place. And their position was simply taken over by the very class of African oppressors whom they had either midwifed and empowered, or whose formation they had not prevented but had deliberately instrumentalised. And they are still with us today.

That class of African oppressors – and, more importantly, that philosophy of African oppressors – is still with us today, generationally and sequentially reinforcing itself at the helm of affairs in these colonially designed systems of oppression cynically still being called “African” countries today. Neither military rule nor democracy, neither communism-socialism nor capitalism, Islamic nor Christian fervour have changed or eliminated this nefarious class of African oppressors nor can do so by themselves. The problem is in the very soul of this system of thought, it springs from Greed, Avarice and Selfishness. Greed for material wealth and comfort, military power and political authority. The desire to play god.

Only the People themselves, the Masses, can do away with theses classes of African oppressors. Only when the people unite, become adequately conscious, and are resolved, can they destroy and banish this class of African oppressors forever. Thereafter, however, the people will need to go into themselves, into their own hearts and minds, into their own newly emerging systems, and ENSURE that that same philosophy of the erstwhile African Oppressors has not taken root in the masses too and reproduced itself in new emergent systems and nations or in old or presently existent sanitised nations. If we want a break from the past, then we have to change from the ways of the past.

Until we do away with this class of African oppressors and their way of thinking as well as change the very internal structure and logic of these Trojan horses left behind at “Independence”, i.e. until African countries are properly internally restructured – either gradually through the progressive efforts of a succession of non-oppressor leaders, or through radical changes in constitutions – Africa will continue to be the last great bastion of fascism on Earth which it is today.

– Che Chidi Chukwumerije