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The Fine Iroko
by Anita Eboka
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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The Fine Iroko


On that promising beautiful day

Standing strong like a huge Iroko tree

You took over the whole clan

Your fine demeanor, your sparkling regalia,

Your flute, your dance steps, your red cap,

Captured the atmosphere

Eyes were drawn to you and captivated as

You stopped virtually to say hello to every tribe


What a fine man! What is his name?

Where is he from? Is he a king?

What does he do? Is he married?

Does he have kids? Is family here?

These were questions on the lips of most.


Chiefs came in with their entourages

Masquerade displayed their magic

Drummers and dancers filled the air with music

Strangers to this sense of African spirit

took a journey in their minds to the homeland


Just then, like a huge thud

The mighty Iroko fell

The whole music stopped and the clan was thrown to confusion

Lying still in the eyes all we quivered.

Never getting a chance to say goodbye, we wonder!

Well respected and leaving a big vacuum

We cry asking too many questions?


Fine Iroko, we miss you!

Looking at pictures you left on our memories,

We remember and appreciate!

Fine Iroko, your jokes, your smile and laughs,

Your priceless folktales, your rich African proverbs,

We remember and appreciate!

Fine Iroko, we miss you and will not forget!





Anita N. Eboka

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Reviewed by Michelle Mead 12/8/2008
Great authenticity to this, I felt like I myself was before this great man for obviously touched the lives of so many-a wonderful dedication tale.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 12/7/2008
This is very beautiful.I enjoy reading it,take care

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 12/5/2008
An endearing reminder of of short life can be and a most precious ode to Iroko you pen...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Carin' Spirit 12/4/2008
Beautiful with sadness,yet strength. Warmth to you. Carin

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