Tragedy of the Commons
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English
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"Vakunta�s Tragedy of the Commons is a seminal piece of fictional writing that delves into the crevices of contemporary society. Divided into thematic realms, this book of poems is an awakening call for humanity to waken from slumber and pay heed to seemingly trivial issues of our times. The poet skillfully weaves into poetic form existential matters that human beings tend to gloss over. Readers will be at ease with the commonplace lexical choices that seem to be the poet�s stock-in-trade." - Dr. Peter Ngwafu Ajongwa, Albany State University

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Published 15 May 2020
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piece of fictional writing that delves into the crevices of contemporary society. Divided into thematic realms, this book of poems is an awakening call for humanity to waken from slumber and pay heed to seemingly trivial issues of our times. The poet skillfully weaves into poetic form existential matters that human beings tend to gloss over. Readers will be at ease with the commonplace lexical choices that seem to be the poet’s stock-in-trade.”
Carolina, United States of America. Vakunta is a prolific writer with several fictional and non-fictional books to his credit.
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Tragedy of the Commons (Poetry) Peter Wuteh Vakunta
Langaa Research & Publishing CIG Mankon, Bamenda
Publisher:LangaaRPCIG Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon Langaagrp@gmail.comwww.langaa-rpcig.net Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective orders@africanbookscollective.com www.africanbookcollective.com
ISBN-10: 9956-551-27-9
ISBN-13: 978-9956-551-27-9
©Peter Wuteh Vakunta 2020 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical or electronic, including photocopying and recording, or be stored in any information storage or retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher
Dedication
To Victims of COVID-19
Table of Contents Preface ............................................................. viii I. MAN & MORTALITY ................................ 1 COVID-19 .................................................................. 3 Stream of Consciousness........................................... 4Rogue cops .................................................................. 6 Casket........................................................................... 7 Demise ......................................................................... 9 Pyrrhic victory............................................................. 10 Dawn of Darkness ..................................................... 11 Farewell........................................................................ 13 Adieu Mother .............................................................. 15 Armageddon................................................................ 17 Other Vistas ................................................................ 18 Bravado ........................................................................ 19 Predators...................................................................... 20 Barrel of the Gun ....................................................... 21 Witchcraft .................................................................... 23 II. VICE AND VIRTURE............................... 25Requiem for Meritocracy........................................... 27 Shenanigans ................................................................. 28 Crises ............................................................................ 29 Makwerekwere ............................................................ 30 Hullabaloo ................................................................... 32 Virginity Test............................................................... 33 Kleptocracy ................................................................. 34 iv
Clando Republic ......................................................... 35 Networking.................................................................. 36 Dirty Linen .................................................................. 38 What if ......................................................................... 40 Sins of Incumbency.................................................... 42 Vainglory...................................................................... 43 Prevarication ............................................................... 44 Taximan’s Wisdom..................................................... 45 Disposable Beings ...................................................... 47 III. FAUNA & FLORA ................................... 49 Grass ............................................................................ 51 Green Rape ................................................................. 52 One Man One Tree.................................................... 54 Earth Poem ................................................................. 55 Ecotage ........................................................................ 57 Crawlers ....................................................................... 59 Biodome ...................................................................... 61 Endangered Species ................................................... 63 The Big Five ................................................................ 65 Snake Sanctuary .......................................................... 66 Camp Fire .................................................................... 67 Sounds of Nature ....................................................... 68 Beauty in Nature......................................................... 70 Green Rape ................................................................ 72 Kola-Nut Tree ............................................................ 73 Brotherhood of the Jungle ........................................ 74 H2O ............................................................................. 75 Christmas Trees .......................................................... 77 Eco-Tourism ............................................................... 79 Life-Savers ................................................................... 80 Ozone........................................................................... 83
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IV. GOD & COMMON GOOD...................... 85 Summum Bonum ....................................................... 87 Pacifist.......................................................................... 88 Ammo .......................................................................... 89 Hand of Friendship .................................................... 91 Deus Caritas Est ......................................................... 93 God’s Rancor .............................................................. 95 Tobasi........................................................................... 96 Time ............................................................................. 98 Same Boat.................................................................... 99 Shepherd ...................................................................... 101 Flock............................................................................. 102 Marble .......................................................................... 104 Lord’s Face .................................................................. 106 Servants of Satan ........................................................ 107 Wrong Way.................................................................. 108 V. PEOPLE & PRAISE .................................. 111 Baobab ......................................................................... 113 Sweet Mother .............................................................. 115 Demise of a Virtuoso................................................. 116 In Memoriam .............................................................. 117 Tribute to a Mentor.................................................... 119 Heroes of Africa ......................................................... 121 Kudos........................................................................... 123 Better Half ................................................................... 125
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VI. POWER & POLITICS .............................. 127 Double-Speak.............................................................. 129 Pseudo- Democrats.................................................... 131 Rape of Democracy.................................................... 132 Hellhole........................................................................ 134 Phoenix ........................................................................ 136 VII. PEN & PENMANSHIP.......................... 139 Barrel of the Pen......................................................... 141 Penmanship ................................................................. 142 Poetry ........................................................................... 143 Poetic License ............................................................. 144 Nom de plume ............................................................ 145 VIII. DRIBS & DRABS................................... 147 Blackman’s Burden..................................................... 149 Secret Number ............................................................ 150 Hearthstone................................................................. 151 Fox Cities..................................................................... 153 Restroom ..................................................................... 154 Bubble Mentality......................................................... 155 Slanguage ..................................................................... 156 Nomenclature ............................................................. 158 Notes ........................................................................... 159
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Preface Poetry has the potential to serve as a double-edged weapon. In Tragedy of the Commonsstirs the Vakunta hornet’s nest, calls a spade a spade and throws gibes at emasculators of social justice. The poet refuses to sit on the fence and watch the world go by. Strong in the conviction that poets must adjudicate upon the affairs of men, the poet picks up the cudgels to do battle with forces of evil the world over. He gives to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Widely traveled and seasoned by his global experience, the poet serves the reader with a bitter-sweet menu of mindboggling aphorisms reflective of the ontological labyrinth to which he has been exposed in the course of his peregrinations around the globe. In thisanthology of poems spanning a quarter century, the poet bemoans the fate of a world where miscreants pass for angels; wherein scoundrels speak for the voiceless; and mammon dines with God. The portrait painted in this book is that of a world where moral bankrupts proceed with nauseating callousness to trample on the rights of lesser beings.Tragedy of the Commonsthe poet’s is stentorian cry against the rape of social justice and the endemic moral crisis that has blighted our planet.
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