A sigh for Ogbuagu: A POEM

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A sigh for Ogbuagu: A POEM

I remember,
The swell of the cheeks
The stretch of the dimples
The praise of dust
And the walk of words
You stood there with all,
Now, a tear drips;

The dance of Ijele
Reminds us of your strength
The elegance of your steps
The ease at which you fell each warrior
Your might was like a mighty haze
It told stories of your history
And gummed fear into the hearts of your rivals
Your hands were a talking drum
Even the trees danced away in grace
The Ugba and Isiewu have become sour in defiance
Oh! Ogbuagu;

What do I tell your pretty maidens?
How do I escape these thoughts into the ears of your Nne?
What did you do to your Chi?
Tell me?
Even the gods are ashamed,

The Umuada will rip their clothes to shreds
They will reveal their beauty
Packed in adoration,
The thickness of their nipples will shine through the light to remind you of your place
Their hearts will melt in pain
Where will you be, Ogbuagu?
Walk through the seven rivers
The streams and bushes,
The paths of our hunting games;
Fly through the muds,
Find your way across the mountains
And lift the hearts of all,
Circle our minds,
Tell us it's false

Ogbuagu, the great son of Nze
The slayer of angry lions
The one who walks with his back to the sun
He who could slaughter a deer with his mere breathe
Ogbuagu, the undefeated warrior
The one who made many backs kiss the ground
The possessed dancer
Whose dance-steps shamed the skilled maidens
Oh! Ogbuagu, arise!!
Do not be dwarfed by the enemy
Show your strength
Sprout like the udara leaf
Rise to the sound of the Opi
The Oja is here, mixed with the sound of Ogene
Face the famed glory of your past
And all the stream of exploits in your name
Oke anu, the small meat shared to the satisfaction of all
The fearless fighter who duels with the spirits

Our thoughts are clouded in fogs
As you lay in stilled breathe
In conquered puffs
Oh! Death you sadist,
You've made us think like a blind snail
But Ogbuagu...

A piece of creative writing by
Alexander Thandi Ubani
A Poet, Playwright, Writer and Thespian
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teaches12345 2 years ago

This is powerful and is the concept great movies are made from. Awesome!


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos Author

Wow! That is more uplifting than a thousand kisses :)

Thanks a million, teaches. My heart dances in joyful frenzy.


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taiwokareem 2 years ago from Salford

I guess this poem was dedicated to a hero of the past in your tribe. This is awesome though


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

You've made us think like a blind snail.... I like that line Uban.. another classic .. your poetry trancends..


susan sproull 2 years ago

Powerful and passionate!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow a great warrior he was. This reads like an epic bible story. Loved it...


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos Author

You are right taiwo; Ogbuagu means slayer of lions which befittingly tells more about this great warrior. Thanks for stopping by bro.

Frank: Your words of motivation are well appreciated. :)

Susan: :) awwww thanks.

Ruby: wow! So glad you could say that :) thanks a million.

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