Poem: Pearls Before the Swine

By: Uduak Uwah


If after all the delicious meals you’ve served
Your guests did not rise up to praise you

If after all the immaculate laundry you’ve done
Your clients did not come back to adore you

If after all the clever illustrations you’ve used
Your students still did not understand you

If after all the beautiful music you’ve played
Your audience did not stand up and applaud you

If after all the strenuous sacrifices you’ve made
Your god did not remember to bless you

If after that romantic proposal you’ve made
Your date did not agree to marry you

Do this for the sake of your mind
Quit throwing your pearls before the swine



Uduak Uwah is an emerging Nigerian poet, essayist, lyricist, and songwriter. Based in Calabar, Nigeria’s first capital and its number one tourist destination, Uduak, also known as Whill, employs gripping rhythm and rhyme to convey truths pertaining to various aspects of everyday living in stirring poetic language. He has an ever expanding archive of song demos and lyrics to his credit.


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