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5/13/2013 11:55:57 AM

CHIOMA ONYEKABA
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Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";}LOOK AT THE FLOOR OF HEAVEN
LAID WITH PATTERNS OF BRIGHT GOLD
FOR US THEY ARE BUT LITTLE ORBS
BUT IN HIS MOTION
LIKE ANGELS THEY SING
SO MANY SONGS OF HARMONY
TO THE SOULS OF IMMORTALS
AND WHILE THIS MUDDY VESTURE OF DECAY
DOES GROSS IN THEM
WE MORTALS CANNOT HEAR IT.

HOLD YOUR FORTUNE FOR YOUR BLISS
A GENTLE SCROLL
A DIAMOND RING
ALL GONE
LOSS UPON LOSS
LIFE UPON LIFE
DEATH UPON DEATH
PAIN UPON PAIN
A MAN OF THE PEOPLE
THE VILLAINRY THE BEASTS TAUGHT HIM
THAT HE EXECUTED
UNTIL THINGS FELL APART

JUDGE HIM NOT
AND MOURN HIM A LEGEND
CHINUALUMOGU!
FOR WHOSE SAKE
THE ARROW OF THE GODS GRANTED JUSTICE.
CHRISTOPHER OKIGBO CALLED THEM BEASTS
DAVID DIOP CALLED THEM VULTURES
FOR ME
THEY WERE WEEDS ON OUR SOIL
COLONIAL MASTERS
WHO AWAKENED OUR SLEEPING LIONS.

ACHEBE THREW THE BOMB
AND DIED BEFORE IT EXPLODED
THIS COOLED HIS FRIENDS
AND AWAKENED HIS ENEMIES.
THEY LAUGHED AT HIS LOSSES
AND SCORNED ALL HIS GAINS
HE SEEKED NOT REVENGE
YET HIS SILENCE SCRAPPED ALL NATIONS
THWARTED THEIR BARGAINS
AND WITH TWO HEADS OF FOOLS
HE REPAID THEM FOR ONE
AND THEN THERE WAS A COUNTRY

HE CHOSE NOT WHAT MANY MEN DESIRED
AND REJECTED THE BARBAROUS MULTITUDE
CRYSTALLIZED THE INFERIORITY COMPLEX
AND FOUGHT BACK TO BACK
FOR AFRICA.
NO ILL-LUCK STIRRED AT FIRST
NO TEARS BUT OF OUR SHEDDING
NO SIGHS BUT OF OUR BREATHING
VARIOUS CREDITORS SPRANG
ENEMIES AROSE
YET HE'D GIVE UP NOTHING FOR THE WILDERNESS OF MONKEYS
NOR FOR THE GENERATION OF WOLVES

AN AMBASSADOR OF LOVE RARELY SEEN
HIS PLEAS WERE FOR THE TAUNTED AND CORRUPT
AND WITH HIS GRACIOUSLY SEASONED WORKS
HE OBSCURED THE SHOWS OF EVIL

WHAT DAMNED ERROR!
BUT SOME SUPERIORWOULD BLESS AND APPROVE IT WITH A TEXT
HIDING THE GROSSNESS WITH FAINT ORNAMENTS
LOOK ON BEAUTY
AND YOU SHALL SEE
IT IS PURCHASED BY THE WEIGHT

OFTEN HAVE YOU BEENTOLD
THAT ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD
FAREWELL, THE HOPE OFAFRICA
FOR NOW YOUR SUIT IS COLD
WE LOVE AND MISS YOU
BUT OUR PRAYERS WITH YOU SHALL BE

OH LORD
ARISE AND AWAIT
FOR HIS GENTLE SPIRIT
UNTO YOU DEAR GOD
COMMITS ITSELF TO BE DIRECTED
THE BEAUTYFUL ONES ARE INDEED NOT YET BORN
BUT THE BORN INDEED ARE MOST BEAUTIFULLY PRECIOUS
ADIEU ALBERT!

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