Song of Mediocrity

A great man has sung his song
And gone.
At eighty plus and sung by the world,
Achebe had nothing to lose.
Rich he was,
But not by trading in mankind’s blood.
Fat he grew,
But not by sucking fetuses
Off torn tumescence
Of mothers that would never be.
Fortunes gladly pursued him
But a sage distance he rather would keep.
Freely to mankind he gave
And the bread of his neighbour’s sorrow
He never supped
With dead face shrouded
Behind Vampire’s cloak-
Behind Vampire’s politics.
In youth he was gallant,
In old-age grand.
Now haloed
And above everything his enemies
Would ever wish to be,
All that is left
Is left
For shrieking Vampires.


So, hush, Mr. n-o-b-o-d-y –
Or whatever pathetic name you bear.
Peek into a mirror
And shrink back at what you see.
It is called MEDIOCRITY.
Then, fret no more, restless ghoul.
Just crawl back to your grave.
You had your fill of blood;
Now back to obscurity-
Back to inconsequence
Where you belong.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Written on 25th March 2013. The great Chinua Achebe died on 21st March 2013. While commenting on a tribute to Chinua Achebe by one of the greatest contemporary African poets (name withheld), this pathetic loser – one of the teeming number of “educated illiterates” who have taken it upon themselves to hate the Igbo Nation out of envy for their many bold successes and doggedness – decided to compose a poem intended to deride and insult Achebe in particular, and the Igbo Nation in general. His grouse this time was Achebe’s comments about late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in his then recently published book: There was a Country: A personal History of Biafra. “Song of Mediocrity” was a simple response to the poem by this very charlatan.



Igbo is great!




Igbo is huge!




Igbo is the giant!




The sun that spins the universe -




That enlightens the primitives!




Come along,




You haters of Igbo;




Get charred in splendid brilliance.




Melt away before the rising sun;




Let your envy and your bile




Be gone for all time.




For the sun shall blaze again




From the east of the wise




And hold the centre




To the adoration of Copernicus.




Let all blood-sucking Vampires DIE!




Author's Notes/Comments: 

Written 8th December 2013 in Lagos, Nigeria. An angry response to a barage of criticisms against the Igbo from little-minded bigots in Nigeria following the publishing of Chinua Achebe's There was a Country.

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