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Beware the Drives

Sammy Oke Akombi

Publication Year: 2008

This collection of verse, which has mostly short poems, some of which are two-liners, is an outcome of several years of keen observation of the very nature of man. The observation brought this writer to the conclusion that man is dominated by fear and in his effort to conquer it, he resorts to unbridled aggression. Such aggression has been very instrumental in much of the success that humanity has been able to achieve, so far. But at the same time, the same aggression in man's nature has been responsible for the pleasure he takes in the ruthless destruction of his own kind, the environment in which he cushions himself, plants and animals.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Dedication

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Contents

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Introduction

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pp. vii-ix

This collection of verse, which has mostly short poems, some of which are two-liners, is an outcome of several years of keen observation of the very nature of man. The observation brought this writer...

A Poet’s Epitaph

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pp. 1-

Tell Me

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pp. 2-

Hurdles

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pp. 3-

Beware the Drives

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pp. 4-

Victims

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pp. 5-

My Mind

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pp. 6-

No Greater Awe

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Quite Depressing

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pp. 7-

Won’t Mother Stop?

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pp. 7-

No Curse

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pp. 8-

No Scare

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pp. 8-

Fortune’s Path

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pp. 8-

Justice

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Courage

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pp. 9-

The Harvest

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Reluctant Democracy

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Enjoying A Symphony

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Leadership

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What Makes Them Tick

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pp. 10-

Courts Must Count

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Appreciation

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pp. 11-

Thank God For Chissano

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pp. 11-

Civil Slavery

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Life

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Living

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Soldiers of Life

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Regals

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Bliss and Adversity

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Modesty and Vanity

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Freedom

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Intolerance

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Failure

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pp. 14-

Uncle Sam

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Identity

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Experience

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pp. 16-

Mistakes

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Conscience

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Cause and Effect

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Destiny

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Priority

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Love and Truth

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Women

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Wives

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Expectations

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Bitterness

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pp. 18-

Agents of Evil

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Sycophants

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pp. 19-

Criticism

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Twisted Minds

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Vice and Virtue

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Cameroon

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A Reminder

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My Commitment

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pp. 20-

Poetry

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Two Fighting

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Peace

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The Flag of Peace

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A Dove

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Give a Piece

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Finding Peace

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pp. 22-

No Need To Lose Blood

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pp. 23-

Brother Suicide Bomber

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Nothing Counts

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Worth

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pp. 24-

In A Boeing

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Paris-Chicago

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Hard Times

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The Youth

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Importance of The Whole

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The Whole Story

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pp. 26-

Language

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pp. 27-

Your Pleasure And Your Treasure

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pp. 27-

It Doesn’t Make Sense

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pp. 28-

It Takes A Lifetime

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pp. 29-

A Magic Hand

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Recovery

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A Rebirth

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I Wonder

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pp. 31-

Whither The Claims

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The Prairie Lights

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The Iowa Riverside

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No Need For A Queue

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Avoid The Back

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Pride

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My Mother

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Insecurity

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pp. 35-

The Biggest Upset

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pp. 36-

Tears

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pp. 36-

Misfortune

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pp. 36-

Solutions

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pp. 37-

The Madona In My Dream

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pp. 37-

Globilisation

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pp. 37-

Fall Out

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pp. 38-

Colonised Mind

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pp. 38-

Once I Begged Some Fish

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pp. 39-

Development

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Chain Smoker

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pp. 41-

To John Keats and His Likes

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pp. 41-

Misdeeds

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pp. 42-

Shall We Ever Get There?

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pp. 43-

Brains Like Grains

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A Fervent Wish

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pp. 44-

Dear Oppressor

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pp. 45-

Poor Us

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Fooling You

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An Enemy

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Most of The Time

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pp. 46-

Seers

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pp. 46-

Importance of Past

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The Family

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pp. 47-

Inextricable Knot

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pp. 47-

Materialism

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pp. 47-

Thoughts on Corruption

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pp. 48-50

Give Them A Chance

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pp. 51-

Never Think They’re A Fool

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pp. 52-

Kill No Man For God’s Sake

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pp. 53-

How Honest Are You?

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My Little Boy

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pp. 55-

Resilience

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Value Scale Balance

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pp. 56-

Happiness

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pp. 57-

Find It

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pp. 58-

Being Upright

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pp. 59-

Two Wills

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pp. 60-

At Ahmadou’s Deathbed

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pp. 61-63

The Tinker

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pp. 64-

Writer On The Run

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pp. 65-

For Everything, Thank God

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pp. 65-

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956715848
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956558858

Page Count: 76
Publication Year: 2008

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