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Updated on October 2, 2010

Emmanuel Nworgu


Nwabeke,  the hunter’s boast is not repeated before the elephant

But you have drunk from the wine of bravery

To make tremulous feet courageous

In the wild forest of life.

Your words contain the metaphor of Solomon

Enough to make a thousand and one women

Submit at your feet. Who among all the queens in Dance and Drama

Will swear not to have taken this name

“Emma”  in her mouth?

Underneath their painted lips, it will remain like the morning

Devotion of a pious monk.

Nwabeke, supirisupiri, the white man’s tongue has not made you

To  remove the garb of our tribal identity.

Your words are coated with the idioms of our people

In the dense forest of our lingua franca.

Spice my words, immerse me in Onu-Imo, the river of our

People, that the waters of civilization will not overflow me.

Nwabeke, let not the red oil stain your white clothe

Nwabeke, take the cool words of my mouth

And extinguish the flames of anger in your heart.

Anger may be your Achilles heel

But sweet words your strength

Nwabeke, my eulogy for you I bring to an end


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      Olabode 7 years ago

      prosper, we need to talk on this on....seriously

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      evansyah20 7 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Thanks passthejelly love ur posts as well. Being versatile is something that every hubber should have. I enjoy writing as well.

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      Mark Passarelli 7 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

      I always enjoy reading poetry and this was no exception. Great read.

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      evansyah20 7 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Poem about a true friend during my service year to my country. Achebean in the sense that Chinua Achebe( the author of Things Fall Apart) seems to have inspired me