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Christopher Okigbo (Hurrah For Thunder)

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.

Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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  • AYOOLA (6/27/2018 6:26:00 AM)

    I really like this poem

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  • AYOOLA (6/27/2018 6:26:00 AM)

    I really like this poem

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  • Anugo J EdokaAnugo J Edoka (4/16/2018 5:53:00 AM)

    may his soul rest in peace, okigbo was it for me, a poet without restraint

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (1/10/2018 5:20:00 AM)

    Poignant piece of poetry, well articulated and nicely brought forth with insight. Beautiful poem bristling with wisdom.

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (1/17/2017 9:48:00 PM)

    A fine poem about a revolution that caused to bring down oppressive power.To quote a few lines from the poem- - - -
    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 –
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    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,

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    Jinlj 7575(8/19/2017 11:55:00 PM)

    Please send me a summary of this poem

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

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

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  • Onuora IlodibeOnuora 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

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  • Benedict Chukwudi (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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  • Akachukwu Chukwuemeka (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..

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  • Khalida Bano Ali (2/10/2016 9:16:00 AM)

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

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  • Roseann Shawiak (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

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  • Tyno Chimbu (1/8/2016 11:40:00 AM)

    Oh bro! That was more than nice.

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

    what a fantastic poem

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  • O ShegeO Shege (5/10/2015 6:25:00 AM)

    I love the open tones and the secret truth

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

    How many millions of promises can fill a basket? ? ? Great poem.

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

    This is great tribute to sage. Nice write

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