Chukuemeka Akpe

Rookie (January 02,1962 / Lagos, Nigeria)

An Elegy To A Fair Lady - Poem by Chukuemeka Akpe

A decade of decadent silence
Voided by errant memories:
A prayer on wheels to muzzle fear,
The demon pounding at life’s chamber.
The dark message received in a flash:
A plea spurned.
Life evaporated condensing life
Joy tugging Sorrow.
Milk cries drew the tears of dry faucets:
Nurses cupping their reservoirs in regret.
Masquerades wearing bright gloomy masks,
In spritely tones, told the way to an unknown land with rites:
Wedlock across unearthly boundaries,
A shower of gifts poured out as indulgence.
Dirges whistled out from uncorked bottles
Frothed breaths ranting and railing against a pained-half;
Reason already chased away on worthless errands
Ethnic ignorance enthroned on a strange soil,
Crumpled faces speaking with heavy tongues.
Beauty on display like cold meat drained out emotions
The refrained gaze of a forerunner flooded.
Strangers with mournful visages glared at convoy
Respect bestowed to keep a final date.
A warren of repose; epitaphs that paint living pictures:
The present in the presence of the past.
Innocence puzzled at encased love
A broken chain lamented its missing link
A companion bemoaned a companion.
Words cooled and singed the air.
The damp burrow swallowed its reward.
Feet retreated in surrender
As the noise of cascading earth dimmed.


Comments about An Elegy To A Fair Lady by Chukuemeka Akpe

  • (11/7/2007 8:40:00 AM)


    I admire your command of the language and your ability to juxtapose contrasting elements. I am not a great fan of free form being an old fashioned rhymster But having read several of your poems I shall be back to read more as time permits ivor (Report) Reply

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  • (11/7/2007 6:35:00 AM)


    This deep lament echoes in the reader's heart. (Report) Reply

  • (10/31/2007 12:37:00 PM)


    very exciting...a broken chain lamented its missing link! ! (Report) Reply

  • (10/31/2007 12:37:00 PM)


    very exciting...a broken chain lamented its missing link (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 21, 2011


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