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It is no longer strange that the poem "The Dining Table" by Gbanabom
Hallowell, is a poem about war:
"The table
that gather us in an island where guerrillas
walk the land while crocodiles
surf..." (from line 9-12)
The above quoted lines are a prove of unrest faced by the victims
described by the poem speaker.

The question requires that the act of violence, suffering and
oppression quoted from the poem.

(1) Violence:- Violence always leads to pain and the pain felt by the
victims was described in the first stanza of the poem:
"Dinner tonight comes with
gun wounds. Our desert
tongues lick the vegetable
blood_ the pepper
strong enough to push scorpions
up our heads. Guests
look into the oceans of bowls
as vegetables die on their tongues"

(2) Suffering: This is scattered round the poem like a forest fire
gone haywire. Line 12-14 exemplies the act of suffering as barefooted
kindergartens were involved; as they have been silenced by sorrow,
they had nothing to play with. In line 24-26, the poem speaker
confessed: "I'm/ full with the catch of gun wounds, and my boots/ have
suddenly become too reluctant to walk me."

(3) Oppression: In the poem "The Dining Table", Gbanabom Hallowell
spoke more on pain and the oppression felt by the victims of the war
than the act of shooting, wearing camouflage, hiding in ditches,
litters of carcases on the battle ground. According to line 20, stanza
3 the poem speaker says: "I promise/ to be a revolutionary, but my
Nile, even/ without tributaries comes lazy/ upon its own Nile."

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

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