By Odimegwu Onwumee

 

 

His absent seems

the whole world

is depopulated.

 

 

Brother!

Have you seen that

Dim Chukwuemeka

Odumegwu Ojukwu

has traveled and left us

with memories?

 

 

The grouse is whether

his people will stay without him

in this fruitless palace

that has refused

to comprehend the hint

of what he stands for actually denotes.

 

 

The burden of his sojourn

is now a guilt among those

who love-less him

when he was present

now mouthing of their

mountainous love for him.

.

 

 

Hope you are hearing them

singing your praise

to appease

their failure in some way?

 

 

Ikemba!

Your journey is not the last

but the awakening

of your persona

within and beyond

the climate you knew.

 

 

Agu mba!

The melody of you still lingers

even when the music seems

to have come to an end.

 

 

Ijere!

Your end is endless tales

because your single journey

has become a statistics.

 

 

Here the poet sits

with acceptance and overwhelming love

of your tributes to justice and fairplay

sobbing and gnashing the teeth

because there will never be

a Dim Chukwuemeka  Odumegwu Ojukwu

to say goodbye again.

 

 

Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, Media/Writing Consultant and Motivator, is the Coordinator, Concerned Non-Indigenes In Rivers State (CONIRIV); and Founder, Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA), Rivers State. Mobile: +2348032552855. Email: [email protected]

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