Lost Friends, by Lenrie Peters

They are imprisoned
In dark suits and air-conditioned offices
Alsatians ready at the door
On the saliva carpeted floor

They spend their nights
In jet airlines –
Would change them in mid-air
To show how much they dare

Drunk from the vertigo
Of never catching their tails
They never seem to know
When not to bite their nails

Their new addiction
Fortifies their livers
They are getting there
While the going’s good
They have no time for dreamers.

Lenrie Peters is a Gambian surgeon and poet, born in 1932. Here is a bio. Here are a photo and more of his poems.

[from Poems of Black Africa, edited by Wole Soyinka.]

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7 thoughts on “Lost Friends, by Lenrie Peters”

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  2. I would like to get the full summary, figurative expression, atmosphere, mood Tone, theme and subject matter of the poem “lost friend”

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  4. For me the lost friends are his former peers who later became politicians or infact elected leaders to be precised, and could not get in touch with him any longer, so he counted them as good as lost ones.

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