Our Poem of the Week is ‘Purpose is defeated’ by Kporho Vwede Daniel

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This week, we’ve chosen Purpose is Defeated, by Kphoro Vwede Daniel from Warri, in the Delta state of Nigeria. His poem holds a mirror up to the political situation in his country, and his answers to our Q&A are below...

What got you into writing poetry?
I get inspired by circumstances.

How long have you been writing?
I started three years ago.

Do you go to any poetry nights?
No, but I wish I could attend any , I will love to.

Who is your favourite poet? And your favourite poem?
Niyi Osudare ....'A song for Ajegunle'.

You are cast away on a desert island. What is your luxury?
A pen and a blank sheet of paper.


by Kphoro Vwede Daniel

Long time ago, they left the  boundaries 

Like an eagle from afar, they sight our mysteries 

In the system, they saw mismanagement within 

They robbed their way in

They killed their fellow uniform man eventually 

And the cycle continues circularly

Civilians pursued

Powers misused

Purpose is defeated

We have formally forgotten those days

When virtues of peace were promoted with violence 

When the press were oppressed 

When justice was jeopardized 

When our constitution was constrained to contempt without conscience 

When the scales were afraid of scary blood, but love printed papers

When the beaks of singing parrots were broken 

When religious teachers were treated rigorously 

Purpose is defeated

Purpose came again 

Our uniform men are well informed 

But they are not well equipped 

A great battalion with good  training 

Against that without training 

A great battalion with pieces of metal

Against that with powerful machines

Ready but not resourceful 

Purpose is defeated


No longer dying for the nation 

Lets bring down those rebels

A call of duty to the north

They respond with gallant boots and courage 

They respond with pieces of metal on their hands 

They respond to a place where many have fallen 

Even at that, they fought gallantly 

They were made to improvise arms

Purpose is defeated


They return with blood stained boots, hands and courage 

Their faces and pieces of metal looking down 

They have fought a good fight 

But sorrow lurks around our families 

Women now widows

Offsprings now orphans  

Uncle died as one of them 

Father retired as one of them

Pension still on attention, no ease? 

Purpose is defeated


Purpose is here again 

Retreat!  Retreat!!  Retreat!!! 

Fela Kuti sang 'Zombie! '

Check point checking for phone users

Bloody civilians!  Dont make a call here! 

Sheep flogged, goats flee

They get recruited just for revenge

Purpose is defeated


Purpose is here again today 

Where natural death is rare

People are killed 

People are killing 

People are on their way to kill

Cows are chewing crops

Crops are chewing cows

This is not normal! 

Purpose is defeated.


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Kenny Knight

Mon 30th Jul 2018 08:27

Very well written I felt like I could almost see what you've seen.

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John F Keane

Sun 29th Jul 2018 23:29

I wish I knew more about Nigeria to fully appreciate this.

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dorinda macdowell

Thu 26th Jul 2018 10:22

Marvellous! Well done, fellow-writer! - Dorinda

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Wed 25th Jul 2018 08:22

Congratulations! - more poetry from Africa please.

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Tue 24th Jul 2018 15:37

Congratulations Kporho! Stand proud and keep writing!

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Taylor Crowshaw

Tue 24th Jul 2018 07:14

Congratulations Kporho, well deserved.

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Martin Elder

Mon 23rd Jul 2018 23:20

Well done Kporo. You seemed to have written about a fairly serious issue here with a good poem

Congratulations on POTW

Big Sal

Mon 23rd Jul 2018 15:21

Another great one.?

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keith jeffries

Mon 23rd Jul 2018 09:40

Congratulations on being awarded Poem of the Week. Well deserved.

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Brian Maryon

Mon 23rd Jul 2018 08:41

Congratulations Kporho. Hope you are able to read this.

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