Joseph Oladehinde Ibikunle

Rookie - 324 Points (31 of July 1988 / Alagbado, Lagos.)

The Misfortunates - Poem by Joseph Oladehinde Ibikunle

What a prodigy, dear Chatterton?
At your teens, you pioneer'd romance.
Alas, poverty be your mighty menace
The silent suicide of arsenic poison.
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Poverty and tuberculosis in your battles,
All in the blush of bitter rejections.
A virtuoso bedridden in his afflictions,
Norwid, this life unfair - heaven rattles.
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I mourn the life and death of Crosby;
Her poems and hymns her witness.
She had journey'd all her days in blindness
I imagine with pity how she pranced the lobby.
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Your lines are great - though
They were written in distress.
Your tears when you mourn your mistress,
Your fourty was full of pain, Allan Poe.

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Form: Elegy


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was written to mourn these poets and
poetess.
1. Thomas Chatterton (1750 - 1770)
2. Cypria Kamil Norwid (1821 - 1883)
3. Fanny J. Crosby (1820 - 1915)
4. Edga Allan Poe (1909 - 1949)

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 3, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 12, 2015


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