Tribute to The Late Elechi Amadi by Obat K Obat

Tribute to The Late Elechi Amadi by Obat K Obat Kenyan Poets Lounge

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Tribute to The Late Elechi Amadi by Obat K Obat Kenyan Poets Lounge

~Tribute to The Late Elechi Amadi~
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Oh you griots!
Woe unto you poets,
Mourn you readers,
Don sack-cloths you literature lovers,
Start counting losses you editors,
Weep oh Africa!
The legend is gone,
The sun has set,
Elechi is gone,
Fare thee well griot!
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Oh Africa!
Where were your sons,
And daughters,
Who brag in white coats,
And stethescopes on their necks?
Where were your most feared sorcerers,
Who brag of talking face to face with the gods?
Where were your most feared soldiers,
Trained and drilled to ambush,
And kill the enemy?
Why did’nt they protect Elechi?
Why Africa?
Why?
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Woe unto you griots,
You who eat to your satisfaction,
While Elechi lies in hunger,
Woe unto you poets,
Who can afford an erection,
And feed on the bearded meat,
While Elechi lies in the cold,
Woe unto you readers,
Who wine and dine,
While Elechi lies in the cold.
The sun has set,
Elechi is gone,
Fare thee well griot!
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Obatjnr

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RIP Elechi Amadi.
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Tribute to The Late Elechi Amadi by Obat K Obat Kenyan Poets Lounge

Tribute to The Late Elechi Amadi by Obat K Obat Kenyan Poets Lounge

 

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  • Amadi Paul
    June 30, 2016

    The tribute is very touching and invokes the spirit of taking up arms against death if it were possible considering the powerful interlace of rhetoricals. I love the poem.

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