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Christopher Okigbo (Hurrah For Thunder) - Poem by African Poems

WHATEVER happened to the elephant –
Hurrah for Thunder –

The elephant, tetrarch of the jungle:
With a wave of the hand
He could pull four trees to the ground;
His four mortar legs pounded the earth:
Wherever they treaded,
The grass was forbidden to be there.

Alas! the elephant has fallen –
Hurrah for thunder –

But already the hunters are talking about pumpkins:
If they share the meat let them remember thunder.

The eye that looks down will surely see the nose;
The finger that fits should be used to pick the nose.

Today-for tomorrow, today becomes yesterday:
How many million promises can ever fill a basket...

If I don’t learn to shut my mouth I’ll soon go to hell,
I, Okigbo, town-crier/ together with my iron bell.


Comments about Christopher Okigbo (Hurrah For Thunder) by African Poems

  • Osazee Dankaro (9/26/2016 8:12:00 AM)


    Fantastic poem. What a waste Okigbo, to die for a cause, lost even at the beginning. (Report) Reply

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  • Onuora Ilodibe (6/30/2016 2:16:00 AM)


    Beautiful, Okigbo lives on.... Hurrah for the thunder the Elephant has fallen at the blast of its rage... Great poem (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2016 7:51:00 AM)


    refers to a ruthless ruler without full power (tetrarch)
    brought down suddenly by an inadvertent force (the thunder)
    as those who first sought to bring him down have already left the quest(the hunters and pumpkin)
    but a reminder to the hunters, they should be grateful to the force from above
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  • (4/10/2016 5:34:00 PM)


    the elephant here is likened to the dictators in African brought down by higher 'forces', and those that are gathering like the hunter to share the loot should beware of 'thunder' for what killed the elephant will kill them.. (Report) Reply

  • (2/10/2016 9:16:00 AM)


    A great poem on the largest animal of the lands. How sad they are killed for ivory. (Report) Reply

  • (2/1/2016 12:49:00 AM)


    Great depth in this poem, the elephant has always been a favorite of mine. Hated when they were killed for their ivory only, they are such special animals. Great poem! Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • (1/8/2016 11:40:00 AM)


    Oh bro! That was more than nice. (Report) Reply

  • Juwon Daniel (12/7/2015 5:54:00 AM)


    what a fantastic poem (Report) Reply

  • O Shege (5/10/2015 6:25:00 AM)


    I love the open tones and the secret truth (Report) Reply

  • Adesoro Segun (4/16/2015 5:24:00 PM)


    How many millions of promises can fill a basket? ? ? Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (2/25/2015 11:39:00 AM)


    This is great tribute to sage. Nice write (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 26, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 29, 2013


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