Elegy For Award-winning Poet, Essayist and Columnist, Prof. Pius Adesanmi)

While we’re mourning the loss of the literary giant Prof Pius Adesanmi, I will be publishing elegie, tributes and essays in memory of him. Here’s one by Izunna Okafor



Roasted Faraway



(For Prof. Pius Adesanmi)



Beyond the shrubs of Sahara

Lifted a munt of brainy bond

Over the Mississippi of Ethiopia

Lofted a penner in his hunky thoughts



Across the bridge of a foreign land

Hovered a book of beautiful pages

Tightly enclaved yet as an Ireland

In a skull rounded in the clime of golden edges



Off the coast of Addis Ababa

Tears rang bell aloud

Beholding a star being staggered

In a nimbus of a faraway land



A heroic pen was raptly melted

As the book of many pages shattered across the ocean

A nation’s pride has become ashes

Making a wave in the hist of the deadly world



Oh! he was roasted faraway

Faraway his father land

Amidst tears in the eyes his nation

A great gem was ruefully tossed



The ashes of his fecund head

The cranes of his creative fingers

The cremains of his eagle eyes

Now pose lifeless in a foreign land



A hero is gone

A nation is mourning

He’s gone forever

Oh! He was roasted faraway


Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam

Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam writes prose fiction and creative non-fiction. She is the founder of creativewritingnews.com. Her first novella, Finding Love Again was published by Ankara Press. Her second novella, The Heiress' Bodyguard was shortlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Awards. She currently works as content marketer for various online businesses. You can follow her at @cwritingnws.

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