Posted by: Viola | July 20, 2015

Something in the Water in Cameroon

Something in the Water in Cameroon

by Viola Allo

There is something. In the water in Cameroon. Mind the rivers and streams there. Once you’ve tasted the water, you won’t want any other. So the seers say. There is something in the food. In Cameroon. Mind the kitchens and firesides there. Once you’ve had the food, you will hunger for nothing else. So the farmers and mothers say. Once you’ve fallen into the night there, belly full of food, you will not wake up. And once you awake in the morning sunlight there, eyes full of water, you will not wish for sleep. So the fathers say. Once you are loved there, you will never–never–wish to know another love. So the lovers say. So the poets say. And once you are born there, you will wish for only one thing. So everyone says. You will wish for only this: To die there.


By Viola Allo. All rights reserved. Please contact the author for permission to use of share this poem.



  1. Asakaa?

    I was not born in Cameroon but I must say that Cameroon had a special way of making me feel like I belonged there. From the people, to the food, to the land…I think about Cameroon every day and I long for the day I have the chance to go back. Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing! By the way, please check out my blog, I am sure it will be of interest to you! Take care!

  2. Uhsaakuh?



    Thank you so much for connecting with me and also for your wonderful work and efforts in Cameroon. That sounds like a beautiful journey. I will be checking out your page and reading your updates. Please keep shining your light and connecting with Cameroon and Cameroonians. ❤

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