Summary of the dining table
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Dinner tonight comes with
gun wounds. Our desert
tongues lick the vegetable
strong enough to push scorpions
up our heads. Guests
look into the oceans of bowls
as vegetables die on their tongues.
The table that gathers us is an island where guerillas
walk the land while crocodiles
surf. Children from Alphabeta with empty palms dine with us; switchblades in their eyes, silence in their voices. When the playground
is emptied of children`s toys
who needs roadblocks? When the hour
to drink from the cup of life ticks,
cholera breaks its spell on cracked lips
Under the spilt
milk of the moon, I promise
to be a revolutionary, but my Nile, even
without tributaries comes lazy
upon its own Nile. On this
night reserved for lovers of fire, I’m
full with the catch of gun wounds, and my boots have suddenly become too reluctant to walk me.
Summary of The Dining Table
The Dining Table is a serious poem that records what the poet witnessed during the SierraLeonean war. The poem opens with a powerful use of imagery that sparks off the reader’s senses. The poet describes to the reader the horrific nature of the war which was characterised mainly by shootings, maimings and death. The main cause of conflict was the
struggle for the control of Sierra Leonean
diamonds, the most significant mineral wealth in Sierra Leone which the poet symbolically
portrayed as “dinner”. In the second verse, the poet recalls how the guerrillas operated freely and how they brutally killed and terrorised the people. He remembers how the government forces and their allies which he describes as “crocodiles” also killed and committed atrocities during the war. He also recalls how Sierra Leone was thereafter threatened by an outbreak of the cholera epidemic which led to the death of many of its population. In the third verse, the poet resolves to be a change- agent (a revolutionary). He admits that though he desires a political revolution, he lacks the power and the needed support for a revolution, having just survived a brutal war.
Elements of the Poem
Summary of the dining table.