I am walking,/I am marching,

I am running,/I am flying,

toward my land, our homeland.


Home is never too far away:

Its distance is never too much.

I shall,/I must,

One day, be home.



Nigerian Linguist and Poet, Michael Mbabuike is Professor and Chair of the Humanities Department/ Africana Studies, Hostos Community College of the City University of New York. After obtaining a B.A. [Honors] from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, he proceeded to the University of Sorbonne, Paris, France, for an M.A. and D.Litt. He has published several academic articles and books including the much admired Poems of Memory Trips [Poetry, Sungai, 1998]

culled The Chinua Achebe Foundation Interview Series©