Africa culture/tradition folklore Igbo culture Pastoral

The Goose that laid the Golden Egg

You may agree with me that evenings are best for story telling. In Africa, evenings are valuable family time. Dinner or sitouts allow time to reflect on the days work: achievements and disappointments, and to tell tales. Tales don’t just act as lullabies but convey moral virtues (and vices) as well.

Now when a story is told in the open countryside, there’s always a fire for warmth and the moon 🌕 will be out to listen. This time around, I’m writing from my bed’s comfort and there’s no fire but a radio here.

Though this Aesop’s tale is old, the moral will never go out of fashion. I hope everyone enjoys it. I will retire for the day, good night!

A man and his wife had the good fortune to possess a goose that laid a golden egg every day. Lucky though they were, they soon began to think they were not getting rich fast enough, and, imagining the bird must be made of gold inside, they decided to kill it in order to secure the whole store of precious metal at once. But when they cut it open they found it was just like any other goose. This, they neither got rich all at once, as they had hoped, nor enjoyed any longer the daily addition to their wealth.

Much wants more and loses all!

Africa Nature Pastoral Poetry

A poem for Sailors

See the sailors ships dance on the wave
To the rising sun they prepare to sail
Waiting to greet birds and smooth tides,
And to dream when the evening rides

See the sailors gather their sails
With rum as their better companion
They sing and tell tales from happy mouths,
While the ready ship waltzed about

Come see the sailors sail away
“Ay Ca’pn”, to empty seas, they went
The song of old sea folk come to mind,
When the waves and ship sail by

Image by Jindu Favor Iroegbu, my little brother.