Reuben the cursed son of Jacob (Poetry) – by Elisha Otome Okoromoba

Published:4 Aug, 2012

Reuben the cursed son of Jacob (Poetry) – by Elisha Otome Okoromoba

It was yesterday or was it not?

Your voice echoed through your pen

The ink glued to time and memories

Like the running night clouds when

The swift east wind wakes the sun


It is today, yes just today

Your pen echoes through your voice

Like the noisy okpolokpolo in Osho-drive’s chest

The lyric of which there’s no dance step

But bile mingled with disgust to our already flaccid legs


It was yesterday, yes just yesterday

Your pen like a dragon rained fire

To the defense of the commons and lowly

Whose future from ages long have been distilled

In the apparatus of fear, hopelessness and helplessness


I mean yesterday! Or was it not?

When we all rushed to Wilmer’s paper stand

To hear from the oracle of the Guardian

Whose mouth spewed terror on government’s treachery

As exemplified in Bukola’s lootitude anthem


Yea! It was you, yes you!

Who gave heads and presidents the lingering flu

At the threat of grenade and letter bomb

Your pen like Voltron’s magical blazing sword

Rubbished their excesses, dictatorship and cowardice


Oh today, yes just today

Like the gloomy weather that signal heavy rainfall

When we hide indoors to hope, chat and play

Our warrior sleeps and dines with Dolus and Apate

At the seeming high and unconquerable heavens of Aso Rock


The smell of Jacob’s fart

Rummaging your senses to sweetness

Is the axe and curse that writes your story in proverbs

For when tomorrow shall come

Today will be but yesterday and

We will call you Reuben the cursed son of Jacob


Elisha Otome Okoromoba

7 thoughts on “Reuben the cursed son of Jacob (Poetry) – by Elisha Otome Okoromoba”

  1. Beautiful description of a monkey.

  2. Adesuwa says:

    Very apt.

  3. @iwatchthenation says:

    Just on point.
    Reuben shall be remembered by the deeds of his later days unfortunately.
    May it not be said that his father jacob’s curse has been with him even in his yester years, when we used to rush to our Guardian’s shed…!

  4. wessy says:

    Lobatan! Just bcos of sheer greed he gained cheap popularity. Now he has a superior as he’s been used and dumped as they do.

    When Dora. Akunyili was performing excellently as MD of NAFDAC, we all hailed her, when govt planned her downfall they decided to make her Minister of Information for where me I dey. A pharmacist turned Communicator ibo lo ti nse iru e! Gbege come burst as she start dey misyearn ‘rebranding’. Where’s she now?

  5. Jalo. says:

    It was only yesterday…When Ruebens fart let the cart out of the bag..Only for him to join the money bags..Chop and clean mouth,and then races his mouth in defence of his royal highness the clueless one..What a shame..He’s lost it all,his sense and his good name..

  6. Uchendutalks says:

    Great poem. When a person loses the object of his life for the sake of money, his end is always predictable.

    I don’t know how the history of Reuben will be written, but his decision to be the mouthpiece of a corrupt government will go down as one of the worst decisions he ever made.

  7. Observer says:

    Something keeps amazing me, this same @omojuwa that’s publishing this article on his blog is one of the few handles Reuben Abati follows on twitter. I think this hypocrisy should better stop. We are also aware of the numerous ass-licking you do to Femi Fani-Kayode, Bukola Sararki, Nasir El-Rufai, Lamido Sanusi, and so on. This people are not better of than the government you tear apart on a regular basis, yet you maintain a close relationship with its Spokesperson.

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