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Ode to Alhazai – by @AliyuBalaAliyu

Ode to Alhazai – by @AliyuBalaAliyu

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Effects that great names possess aren’t obscure

One Alhaji and yet another Alhaji gives two sure

 But Alhazai is one; great his name as is his honour

Such singular plurality quite evident an as armour

A gentleman named great by his forbears

And so too to attain greatness without fears

The ancient walls of Kano their might did show

Her city gates flung wide open welcomed all to know

Heared you of Kofan na’isa  and Gadon Kaya?

And others like Kofan Nassarawa and Kofan mata?  

Behold the ancient Kano city walls so great

Shadows of groundnut pyramids of past

Bespoke greatness; and so it was with Alhazai

Defied he the thunderous storms of the day

In chilly harmattans his dreams didn’t freeze

Nor in the scorching sun would his goals cease

The viscidities of life diminished him not

His humble beginnings he surely never forgot

At his service these lines are written 

How my pleasure to grant his wish as a token 

To read his poem with his own eyes

His thoughts not vanished in the sands  

And not of others when he shall have become dust

“I want to read mine before I die” he had expressed

And thus set the inkpots aflow like rivers

And the reed pens he set dancing on plain blanks

With the smacking of keyboards night and day

 Alhazai your days shall be long I pray

Your days of service are sure not yet over

Blessed, your memories’ll linger forever

The early morning dew your name still spells

On the petals of lovely roses, tulips and lilies

I have seen them so resplendent

Charmed by the sweetness of their scent

 Their lingering fragrance will never fade

The four winds will carry them everywhere heard

Far beyond your thought and very sight

Your years of friendship we all shall cherish

As your wont, dull moments lighten up afresh

Let your words of wisdom inspire the world

The bumps abound but sure you’re bold

Humour’s a prescription you seldom miss

Teasers and banters their paths we’d cross

The rainbows are out with your name in the sky 

Baban Sumayya , the birds sing in my ears as they fly

Sonorous melodies tickle my ears and they enthrall

The end shall be far; your life shall be full

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Aliyu Bala Aliyu

Lagos

January 01, 2013

email: aliyubala.aliyu@gmail.com

blog: www.illuminationzz.wordpress.com

Twitter: @AliyuBalaAliyu

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