REST IN PEACE J.P Clark
Information wafted to me now that the nice poet of the Niger Delta style, Prof. John Pepper Clark has gone to completely keep out on the baobab tree,the place to please his kindred spirits.He transmigrated at 83.Satirically,his older brother,the indefatigable Chief Edwin Clark remains to be kicking and biting at 93!Such is life!!
*Prof.JP Clark was an excellent poet.The 2 most well-known of his poems are:The Casualties-which is concerning the Biafran pogrom.And Abiku-Abiku in Yoruba parlance is “Spirit little one”however in Igbo,it’s referred to as Ogbanje.Such little one dies quickly after sired and are available again again-coming and going…*
That is JP Clark’s ABIKU:
Coming and going these a number of seasons,
Do keep out on the baobab tree,
Observe the place you please your kindred spirits
If indoors is just not sufficient for you.
True, it leaks by way of the thatch
When floods brim the banks,
And the bats and the owls
Typically tear in at evening by way of the eaves,
And at harmattan, the bamboo partitions
Are prepared tinder for the hearth
That dries the contemporary fish up on the rack.
Nonetheless, it’s been the wholesome inventory
To a number of fingers, to many extra will likely be
Who attain to the solar.
Not then bestride the edge
However step in and keep
For good. We all know the knife scars
Serrating down your front and back
Like beak of the sword-fish,
And each your ears, notched
As a bondsman to this home,
Are all relics of your first comings.
Then step in, step in and keep
For her physique is drained,
Drained, her milk going bitter
The place many extra mouths gladden the guts.
Adiue to this mental big,Prof.JP Clark!
Comrade Princewill A.Dike,Esq