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The 7th King of Nigeria

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The 7th King of Nigeria

O Hail the King 
That lies along the ring 
Beside the bank of Niger
Mauling fishes like an Ocean scavenger 

Lo, he knoweth not 
That if a man wants rot 
Before fall cometh pride 
Pride; when on a high horse we ride 

Aye, the fishes are with the voice of men 
Crying & Wailing like a Babylonian convict on his way to the den
And our king felt it fun 
Hence, the mauling goes on 

But his hands killeth men
Our king knoweth not then 
No aide would talk 
Dare one, on his body shall it feed on; Hawk 

Behold, the lord of war won't stop 
He kindle the furnace of hell with their fleshes 
But the men can take it no more
Now, an alternative they seek 

Enough of yawning and folding of arms 
The sickle is coming to their heads 
This, they can't take 
They seek the weakness in the king's prowess 

The Apple of an alien prostitute

A bite is enough to kill a wild bear 
But our king ate much in the company of a beer

Copyright © Gbenga Onalaja

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  1. Date: 1/5/2010 8:55:00 AM
    Many congratulations on your fine poetry being featured this week, Happy New Year to you >> James

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 12:07:00 PM
    A gripping reminder of the cost of change. Congratulations on having your poem featured. Keep on writing. Wishing you continued success. Karen

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 3:20:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Gbenga. May you have may more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 1:58:00 AM
    i liked the poem, the topic was very captivating and that was what drew my attention, i think a medium like the poetry soup is the best place to speak also about the good of our dear motherland NIGERIA, WHOSE GOOD DEEDS HAS ALWAYS BEEN WRITTEN ON THE SURFACE OF WATERS AND HER vice all chiseled in marble. i happy to find a Nigerian brother here. bless you.

  1. Date: 9/29/2009 6:07:00 AM
    This is a lovely poem slow and steady. It is a real and true story. Welldone

  1. Date: 9/27/2009 2:23:00 PM
    hm... even before you unveiled it in your last verse, i could sniff it; you trouble him in his grave still? gbenga, ba wo la se le ma soro lo?

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 2:31:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem making it through the first round.Wishing you the best in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/9/2008 9:28:00 AM
    Amazing write my friend. Loved it!

  1. Date: 11/8/2008 6:05:00 PM
    such alot of riveting thoughts and layers within this write, this leaves me to ponder, at your next write, take care D-ncye

  1. Date: 11/1/2008 10:00:00 AM
    This is a informative poem that clearly shows the thoughts that bring a empire change - Great poem - god Bless