Anthony Seyi Abiodun

Rookie - 93 Points (Ifetedo, Osun state, Nigeria)

The Treasured Coral Bead - Poem by Anthony Seyi Abiodun

Princess Adeola once had a treasured coral bead
As red as rose, worn when she rode the noble steed
'Twas passed down by her primogenitor
Down to her grandma, mother, till she's the bead's janitor
Guarding over it jealously and carefully
Against the marauders who threaded the land harmfully
Alas! It was stolen
An artifact of inestimable value without an iota of pollen
Down she was when she woke from the long night
To find out the bead was taken without a fight
Silently while she slept with the emblem hid in a chest
The pillage found a fit for his knavish quest

She mourned and mourned and yet she mourned
For comfort the king had her neck with other beads adorned
But none would compare to the lost patrimony
Her face turned pale, her chest bony
Yet she awaited the return of the coral bead
Year in year out at fate she plead

A decade afterwards when the season was green
And tourist explored the land in their telescopic screen
A white fella who came from the land of the Sassenach
Had on his neck the princess' bead, intact and without a patch
When she was told her hope was revived
She sang and danced for her bead had arrived
Sold to the white fella's father by barter for a bottle of gin
By the plunderer whose nature imitated of sin
The tears in her eyes when she beheld her gem
Was nothing but the true love for relic diadem
She vowed never again to let go of it
Till it's passed on to her daughter before she leaves for the pit

Topic(s) of this poem: epic

Form: Epic

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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