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.

lyrycsyntyme's picture

Your effective grotesque

Your effective grotesque metaphors are a real signature of this poem, and of how much passion the mourned writer inspired in you. No need, I would say, for the latter portion of your poem. To simply sing of the merits of the achieved writer and his apparent imprint on the world is more than enough to swat away any potential bad-faithed digs at him. The latter portion, I would argue, draws attention to a subject perhaps not worthy of such attention. All the best :)

Izu's picture

Thanks so much.

Thanks so much.

allets's picture

Chinua Rocks

Things Fall Apart was on my shelf for years - got pinched. Rest In Peace.

 



Onyamaichi

 

Izu's picture

A great read any time. Thanks

A great read any time. Thanks very much.

lyrycsyntyme's picture

One of my favorite books, as

One of my favorite books, as well. Left a profound imprint on me when I was young. I am bad with names, so initially upon reading this peom I did not realize the author was one and the same.

Izu's picture

Thanks.

Thanks.