Nigerian Dream: For Christopher Okigbo


I dreamed there was a poet

A man who loved words and rivers

I dreamed him--no one on this earth,

On this hard, heavy earth,

Writes like that, smiles like that

Brings joy and tears like that

I dreamed he carried a thousand scrolls

Piled in his arms up to his brain

And he began to give them to us

But after a precious few scrolls were unrolled

A trumpet called, and he turned away,

And the remaining scrolls became a rifle

Thunder roared, drums pounded

me awake, and he was gone. 


  • Author: jarcher54 (Offline Offline)
  • Published: October 22nd, 2020 02:26
  • Comment from author about the poem: If you are following the compelling developments around the world, you are no doubt aware of the anti-police and military-brutality movement, and its violent suppression, in Nigeria. A recently registered member of MPS, Ifeanyichukwu, has posted several compelling poems composed in the midst of this intense setting. This modest, inadequate poem of mine is to honor his late uncle, the warrior-poet Christopher Okigbo, who sacrificed his life in 1967 in defense of Biafran independence and dignity, cutting short his promising career as a poet who could bridge the gaping gulf between cultures, times, and nations.
  • Category: Reflection
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  • dusk arising

    And still the drums pound.
    Impotent as I am in this struggle for human rights i am supportive. Many opressive regimes have been contested and replaced in my lifetime. Let us hope that the succeeding regime is more "of the people and for the people".

    An excellent tribute to a poet of the people.

  • L. B. Mek

    I second everything that Dusk Arising so eloquently stated,
    a great service you have done in penning this write to highlight a cause and suffering (I assume) you are far removed from - here be pure empathy, exemplified perfectly!

  • Michael Edwards

    Ifeanyichukwu (Have I spelt that correctly?) is a great poet and deserves recognition. This is a super scribe on the same subject matter - great work jarcher.

    • jarcher54

      I wanted to put in a good word for our MPS contributor as well as call attention to what is happening in Nigeria and honor Christopher Okigbo, with whom I was slightly acquainted, since he was a friend and colleague of the better-known author of "Things Fall Apart" Chinua Achebe.

    • germanamericanchurch

      Wow - true tribute:)

    • Goldfinch60

      Wonderful words about a fine person. Like d a, I too have seen many oppressions in my life , one day the will of the people will maybe come to the fore.


    • Neville

      a fine poetic tribute .. I have certainly learnt something from you today .. thank you .............

    • 🐤s.zaynab.kamoonpuri🌷🐦😽

      I was born there so i find it more concerning and interesting. You wrote a great fab thoughtful tribute chronicling his life stages from poet to war. Kudos.

      Plz do read and comment my newest poem too.

      • jarcher54

        Thanks for reading... the recent troubles with government violence against young people and protesters in Nigeria jolted me back in time. As a teenager I followed the Biafra suppression closely and later read about Okigbo. I will definitely revisit your poems... I have read a few and truly appreciate them.

        • 🐤s.zaynab.kamoonpuri🌷🐦😽

          So what is your ethnicity, im wondering? I mean you don't look Nigerian and the dp pic is vague so i can't be sure if you are a poetess or poet. Best wishes,

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        • John Prophet

          Nice work.. sophisticated....

        • Jon Nakapalau

          Wonderful and inspired.

        • AuburnScribbler

          A powerfully written sonnet here jarcher54, written in a masterful tone, and is also a great tribute to Christopher Okigbo, let's hope an actual change for the better can occur, to fix certain messes, that are happening too frequently, all over the world.

          Bravo, and I hope that all is well!

        • sorenbarrett

          The evolution of social progress is so slow in comparison to technological accomplishment. This gulf has created a threat to all of humanity. Such a beautiful yet fearful dream. It appears that Hermes left only some of his scrolls and the progress of the human soul for peace and human rights is up to us to discover.

        • Jane Frye

          I think this is better than good. There is a poetry group called "Rattle". You can find them on the internet. They publish poems and award prizes. I hope you will consider sharing this poem with them.

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