New Era (Windhoek)

15 February 2013

Namibia: Solomon, the Mesmerising Poet

Eenhana — He has been mesmerising people here in the north, especially in his mother tongue, Oshiwambo but the 28-year-old Salomo Ndeyamunye Ndeshimona has taken his talent from the classroom to another level.

The hunchback, who originates from Ondangwa, has published his own collection and anthology of classical poems. The anthology titled The Blistered Pen, a hullaballoo of poetry has a collection of 58 poems all written in the English language although he sometimes translates them in his mother tongue when performing for the public during government functions and other educational events here in the north.

Blistered Pen is an anthology about the road less travelled with anguish hence the blisters and he writes about the poor and their subjection to sudden, unexpected and unjustifiable poverty and violence. Salomo started writing this collection while studying at the University of Namibia (Unam), now the Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus in Ongwediva. "I was inspired into poetry during my studies at college and later on to take it seriously when I was offered a scholarship for my Advanced Certificate in Geography Education at North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus in South Africa. My poems are disturbing stories which seem to be part of the daily and reality, partly fictions and fantasy," he explains to Art Life

He says he uses metaphors and reality. To express his feelings, Salomo prose his feelings about the way the poor are since they are at the receiving end of all the injustices that surround them, and how in turn the same poor parents exploit their own children all in the name of poverty. "In this anthropology, I have also tried to travel the road less travelled and to reach a destination many will rarely and never reach. My poetry is a human expression that rose down deep from the bottom of someone's heart. It tells of tales we hear every day, our sudden interactions with real life situation," he says

The poet has tried as much to entertain a variety of readers ranging from the academic, social as well as all people from all walks of life.

"Poetry is an African and saddest way of expression, usually done to give tribute to heroes and heroines. I have also expressed my feelings about life. Tales are meant for that purpose. The folk stories are a national heritage that many people tend to forget and throw them in the dustbin," he says

One poem is interestingly titled The hullaballoo of a beggar in which he describes how poverty has many Namibian homes and families in its vicious grip. "Send me back to the dark bridge as my home. Then down in twinge, I rest as home as all shelters seem to reject me even the unique womb l descended. My face is full gum, you know it all. Many passer byes mistook it for a smile and they see my grinding teeth like old shoes or an old grin. A beggar knows no simple luxurious. Give me the ash diving bread for lunch just as poor soil, we have no choice," reads a verse from the poem.Other interesting poems are Liquor Slave, She is amazing, My soap Opera life, Life in the Zoo and the Locusts are descending.

Salomo is a teacher by profession and his love for poetry, arts and short stories writing started way back during his school days. During his pastoral days, he says that he was a champion and enjoyed telling folk tales with his friends while herding cattle in the village. During his school days, he enjoyed doing fine arts and he excelled well in pencil drawing at a tender age. That earned him much respect among his peers and teachers. The Blistered Pen is his first book to be published as anthology of poetry after his graduation.

Salomo says that he writes of the poor and their subjection to sudden, unexpected and unjustified poverty and violence. He is expecting an invitation to attend and perform at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Poetry festival. This annual event will be attended by poets and writers from across the SADC region. Last year it was held in Windhoek.

This is a must read anthology especially for those in colleges and secondary schools.

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