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As soon as Odey arrived,
The villagers greeted in roar
Like the verdicts of Lions.
He was lifted high and 
Gongs gave their salutations,
For Odey, the great salt 
Discoverer has arrived.
Wrestlers pay allegiance
By displaying black skills,
He walked shoulder high
And his praises were lifted high.
Women swung their backyards,
Making the men's mouth water,
For the great hunter has arrived.
Jubilation is sure, all anger cured.
Gun powder entered the air to 
Inform the sky of the black discoverer,
The seed of Yala*.
Children orchestrating black rhythm
And rhyme, happy to see the salts.
Welcome Odey, welcome black hero,
For thou art a true meaning of an African sunset.... 

Yala* is my mother's tribal dialect.

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  1. Date: 12/6/2010 10:14:00 PM
    This is really ineresting, Charles. Very folk like poetry Exactly what or who is Odey. Is this like God of salt, or something? Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/14/2010 2:45:00 PM
    This poem speaks of a hero returning to his village. and is greeted by all the folks as they welcome him back. a wonderful write about Odey.

  1. Date: 11/14/2010 9:17:00 AM
    An incredible poem that reflects the spirit of your culture so well. Much talent displayed here, dear. I can see the black hero Odey returning to his village. Excellent! Love, "mum"