POETRY: A Winter of Withering Warriors – Elisha Otome Okoromoba @ElishaOtome

Published:10 Jan, 2013

A Winter Of Withering Warriors

Where is your sword and shield?

Warrior and knight of the people

The tales of your blood-drawing dagger

In the fight against looting and cruelty

Is yet to be read in our waiting ears


Where are those fiery darts?

Your tongue aimed at thieves and spivs

Who fed from our sweats and burden and

Wiped their anus with our heads

Where’s your pecking voice oh renegade?


My hands are well washed and

With elders I am given a seat

Sit and hear oh warrior of yesteryears

The history you forgot in our room

When you pitched your tenth in Aso-tent



Esau Jacob’s ‘foodgasm’ could not resist

Like sodium metal in aqueous solution

Whose strength is consumed to nothingness

His hungry soul displaced his senses

The price was paid and it was his birthright.


My seat is still with the elders

My history lessons are of the ancients

Well taught wisdom you left abandoned

When you nod your head at every hypocrisy

And flash your teeth at the deception of Aso-Rock


The drooping breast and hanging nipples

Did not dissuade the lustful Reuben

When he pitched and thrusts his third leg

To uncover the thighs of Jacob’s wife

His birthright and voice was the price


I still have my seat with the elders

Yea! My hands are thoroughly washed

The greedy, stubborn and headstrong flea

Will be buried with the dead the elders say

This is wisdom, buy it and let it not


The palace and scepter of ruler-ship

The victuals, revelry and comfort of Aso-rock

Holding your tongue and sight captive

Like a vapor is but for a short while

This is wisdom, nothing lasts forever.


(For Reuben Abati and all those who close their eyes and have sold their conscience to the rituals of their present state of grandiose that Aso-rock offers amidst the sufferings of the poor majority).

Elisha Otome Okoromoba
Follow on twitter: @ElishaOtome


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