ACROSS THE OCEANS III (ISSUE 6)

ACROSS THE OCEANS III (ISSUE 6)

 

AGUTITI: SAINTS GROW OLD

By Michael Achile Umameh

 

Age like molten magma

With fiery hands

Caressed my grandpa into creases

The dull pounding of age

He wore like a mantle of wrinkled page

Long drawn tapestry of lineage

This tired old world of his age

Donned him a crown of brittle grey hairs

Sickle-bent with the weight of years

That column of youth, now an arc

The firm hands that once steadied

My wobbling infant steps.

Shaky shadows of former strengths

This dancing reed, Agutiti the hunter

Once outran the antelopes of the savannah.

 

With a masked face, sagging skin

Oratorical prowess tempered with quakes

Even the saints grow old.

But see in his honest humour

The freshness of the wilderness

Of the childhood of his soul.

There goes, my historian, my archive, my sage

This dull pounding

This weight of years

Ripens Agutiti for harvest

Of a thousand jaded lights

Of leisurely caressing arms of eternity.

This is what remains. Chaff

Headstone, memory and phantom

When saints grow old.

 

 

PRAYER OF THE DUNG BEETLE

By Michael Achile Umameh

Oh Guardian of the forest floor

Give man and beast

In this pyrrhic quest

 

Daily fill of feast

That I may have a dung-fest

Of rolling ball of faecal flour.

 

Custodian of the forest health

Navigates by the clusters of brightest stars

Where man and beast

 

Have raped the forest wealth

Sister earth, into barren pile of filth.

Cure, this global bad habit.

 

I pledge. I will care. I will reflower,

The gangrened wounds of Sister earth.

I will rise for Climate change.

 

PGR PROFILE

Michael Achile Umameh, is a Nigerian-born catholic priest, a doctoral student of Mathematics Education, University of Leeds, UK. He is  a published poet and an avid promoter of Indigenous African Literature and Ethnomathematics of the Igala speaking people of Nigeria. His published collection of poems are; The Memoir of the Reluctant Prodigal (2006) and The mills of the gods and other rented tears (2011). His poems have been featured recently in Africanwriter.com; peacockjournal.com; lorrettareveals.org

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