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Isuikwuato

Oh land of the brave
The clement, the strong
The oneness of Nature
The beauty all desire
Oh dear humble African land
The green forests of Amauzu
With huge daring masquerades
Prowling about town
On hot sleepy days
Cloudy days; rain and sun
Hills, ancient and fresh
Streams running thru them
Giving them some life
Shielding the game around
In abundant green and brown
Keeping all life, boas and hogs
Antelopes and the wild dogs
A valley of vast Cassava fields
All throwing their arms up
Singing at the Winds command
And the sights of the Oil Palm
Standing majestically, a king of the brushes
But all and all, by and by
All understanding of some sort stays
Watch the lights go out
Sit at the inn
On the hills below
Amaeke and her seeds
The joys of sweet motherhood
My father’s perfect grin
Heart warming, hug deserving
The love of all Natural things
Painted in these towns
The ever blue skies
Seen above Umukwu
My home, my story, my joy
All a simple desire,
Of smiling faces and hearts
Beautiful, the sun smiles on all
The children love the adults,
The adults love the infants,
When the moon shine happily,
All sit about waiting for folktales,
Counting the glittering stars
Up, up the dark skies
Freedom for all, of thought
There are palm trees, there is kola
There are yams, with knifes to cut them
There are palm beer, and the exotic egusi balls
Ovim sleeps, when the night plays her a lullaby
The aged, youth and infants
Enjoy an earned rest
Happy to love these land,
In the morrow a town will be awake

Notes.
Amauzu, Amaeke, Umudinja and other towns are towns in Ovim. Ovim itself is a city in Isuikwuato in Nigeria. This is my hometown, my fathers place and an inspiration to my writing.
Egusi balls: delicious snacks prepared from crushed melon seeds in pepper and other condiments.
Natures abundance are found here, hills, blue skies, rocks, caves, mountains, streams, rivers, cultural identity, valleys, unique foods and fruits, farms, other green life and wildlife. Isuikwuato has produced some prominent political and intellectual figures in Nigeria. Some of these people include, Sen. Ike Nwachukwu, Gen Ihejirika Onyeabor, Ndubuisi Kanu, Lambert Ndukwe and many others. The list of high flying Isuikwuato indigenes are much, I can’t really mention all. Agriculture sustains the region and here is an educational centre.
Oiroegbu Halls

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Musing: The Rains Dilemma

Tonight it drizzles outside
Quiet, solemn and calm
And sitting on a bench
Made of thick lumber
Carved of the finest workman
Under the shed of a Mahogany

People rush about, here and there
Papers fly up the sky
And the cloud blackens, the more
A scarecrow for all to see
A bugle for home-retreating
The rain drops its seeds
Falling happily, hopefully
On surprised, anguished faces
Rolling down the glasses
That surrounds the park
The deep cloud belches
The lightning flashed a snap
And a ghost of trees
Stood out there, African masquerades
Waiting to give a blow
On the years Boxing day
Another flash, a Knight
Stood with a rusty sword
Commanding a thousand cavalry
And all this, comes alive
When with Nature one abides

Oiroegbu Halls