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A little house well filled,
A little land well tilled,
A little wife well willed.

The following Igbo poem tells us how the poet thought of the young lady he describes. What does each line tell us about how he regards her? How many times does he think of her as light?

YOUNG LADY

You are a mirror that must not go out in the sun,
A child that must not be touched by dew,
One that is dressed up in hair,
A lamp with which people find their way,
Moon that shines bright,
An eagle feather worn by a husband,
A straight line drawn by God.

YOU

You!
Your head is like a drum that is beaten for spirits.

You!
Your ears ar elike the fans used for blowing fires.

You!
Your nostril is like a mouse's den.

You!
Your mounth is like a mound of mud.

You!
Your hands are like drum-sticks.

You!
Your belly is like a pot of rotten water.

You!
Your legs are like stakes.

You!
Your buttocks are like a mountain top.

Practise saying this poem. Say it with feeling and enjoy it.

'To Orphan' means to make someone an orphan. What is an orphan?

None on earth is like her,
She that made me breathe.

None on earth is like her,
She that filled my stomach.

None on earth is like her,
She that knew why I cried.

None on earth is like her,
She that protected me.

None on earth is like her,
She that gave me my first lessons.

None on earth is like her,
She whose death orphans me.

By: L. M. Asiedu

Read and enjoy this poem.
Note: A mesh is a net for catching something.
        Linger means to delay, to take time before deciding what to do.


THE MESH

We have come to the cross-roads,
And I must either leave or come with you.

I lingered over the choice
But in the darkness of my doubts
You lifted the lamp of love

And I saw in your face
The road that I should take.

By: Kwesi Brew

This poem was written in 1958. It was written to teach table manners to English children. Do you agree with all the things the children are expected to do? Is the poem too strict?

These explanations are to help you understand the poem:
  • a napkin ring - a ring to hold a napkin (a square piece of cloth or paper to keep food off clothes, or to clean the mounth and hands after eating).


  • fret - complain


  • crowd - put too much food into the mouth at once.


  • soil - make dirty i.e. the child mustn't get food onto his fingers.


  • keep my seat - must remain sitting down when he is finished.


  • sport - play games.


TABLE RULES FOR LITTLE FOLKS

In silence I must take my seat,
And give God thanks before I eat;
Must for my food in patience wait,

Till I am asked to hand my plate;
With knife, or fork, or napkin ring,
I must not play, nor must I sing.

I must not speak a useless word,
For children should be seen, not heard;
I must not talk about my food,
Nor fret if I don't think it good;

I must not say, 'The coffee's cold';
'The tea is hot,' 'The coffee's cold';
My mouth with food I must not crowd,
Nor while I'm eating speak aloud;

Must turn my head to cough or sneeze,
And when I ask, say 'If you please';
The table cloth I must not spoil,
Nor with my food my fingers soil,

Must keep my seat when I have done,
Nor round the table sport or run;
When told to rise, then I must put
My chair away with noiseless foot;

And lift my heart to God above,
In praise for all hs wonderous love.

By: Anonoymous

I LOVE MY COUNTRY, I NO GO LIE

I love m
I love my Country
I no go lie
I work for my Country
I no go sigh.

Even though e dey sick
E go well
Even though e dey stink
Inside am I go dwell

Him good good things I do preserve
Him development and progress
I go sweat to maintain
My loyal service him deserve
Him good name I go defend and retain

Him peace and unity
I go protect and project
Him way o people
I pledge to expose and reprove
Dem yeye decisions
I promise to defiantly reject
Dem mago mago
I go fight to correct and remove

My people please
Make una plan our Country better
Make Katakata cease
Na this be my letter.

Mazi Kenneth Nnabuife Nduka

By: Mazi Kenneth Nnabuife Nduka ~ Oraifite

[source: ORAIFITE TODAY no2 December 1986.]

ORAIFITE

Town of the learned and
Honourable people
My people have been oppressed
Never have they been understood.

The Nnewi have reputable men
The Ichi have well to do people
And you Oraifite,
What is your sophistication

Ancient Civilization
With middle aged clans
The base of men, the base of land.
Now all is scartted and broken.

Our People, our men of high respect
And honour, our riches
And now our brotherhood and
Culture robbed
The intruders escaped with smile.

Oraifite My promising town,
My brothers and sisters
Stand up and be proud of your town
Oraifite.

Edmund Nedolisa

By: Mr. Edmund Nedolisa ~ (Umuezopi Oraifite)

[source: ORAIFITE TODAY no2 December 1986.]

ADIEU MY BELOVED

In the country side
Along windy foot paths
Boarded by tall elephant grasses
In the collness of the springs and streams
At the native soap stalls
To each others thirst we quelled
Each others thirst we quelled
Each others wished we yelled
To love and be loved

Along the thorny paths
Morning, Afternoon
Up and down those hills
Horror cinema sessions through
Those drama rehearsals
Those intellectual exchanges
Material and abstract
Care for each other manifested
Affection, enhancement, all

Hundreds of miles apart
Out of each others sight
Affection carefully weaned
Intensity consistenly grew
Fondness unimaginably appreciated
Confidence fundamentally established
The obvious highlighted
Mutually to care and to share
For each other's sake to live and to love.

But when exposed
Infected by dangerous sparks
Of Decadence, Indignity and lust
To epitomise dishonour
To the chagrin of dear one
Cautioned you were,
Spuriously you hearkend
The desirable scorned.

Ignoble escapades
Tales of the unexpected
Such uninspiring slide backs
But the weeping Avalanche
Reason abandoned
Trust and deceny betrayed
ifidelity blared
Such gamble on tortise
Consequences under estimated

Inevitable anathema
Incommodious insomnia
Irksome lurch
Black stains on white linen
Bond sheared
Mutuality Briddled
Roses scoched
Guards changed

A dieu my beloved.

By: Kenneth Nduka ~ Editor, Oraifite TODAY

[source: ORAIFITE TODAY no2 December 1986.]

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