Araromire – The god is not to blame

Araromire – The god is not to blame

From the depth of the Iroko
I recall their beckon
The pummeling of their axe
Breaking the fortress of our kingdom
Falling the strongest of our warriors
Seeking the mistress in our widows

Araromire our king came
Defying the shame
Himself gave he up to the invaders
For the remnant of his brothers
To be spared the dagger
So left he us with no blessing
But the curses along he took

Sculpted to a statue
A god, now they call him
The Figurine
Worshiped by the priest
Conjured like a beast
With no hope of a rescue

A god though they call him
An Envoy they made him
Their wishes they brought
The grant must he to give
But the price they ask not

Farm yielding, kingdom rising
Land fruitful, barren mothered
Spinsters wifed, people prospered
Araromire – the god be praised

Bright days away bound
Paving way for the dreadful cloud
Seven years of prosperity
Seven years of misery
The bargain of Araromire
For the gods are not foolish
Do they give without taking?

Teeth gnashing, eyes watering
Wailings tuned their dirge
Weeping mirrors their pain
Smiles of sorrow as soldier fall on armor
Barren lands, desert rivers
Wife widowed, children orphaned
Araromire – deity damned
His priest murdered

Man’s Destiny
Shaped from skilled dexterity
Of a realm beyond our art
Yet to fate we never submit
Man is to wish
gods are to grant
But the price the wisher’s to pay
With the price man to pray
But the gods re not to blame



15 thoughts on “Araromire – The god is not to blame” by ash the dream (@ash04)

  1. May the gods that gave you the farmland, and gave you the hoes and strength to till it, continue to water it for you. This is one of the best works I’ve read on NS. I’ll recommend this work for the Nigerian Prize any day. Good use of traditional African symbols and imageries, good tone, good images clearly painted and engraved in the heart. Not Soyinka in all his glory will beat this. Its a deal. I never imagined that people still write panegyrics. You rock. Bravo. I have absolutely NO NEGATIVE critical remarks on this…except that you need to punctuate your work. Talking from experience, many people lose out on awards annually, and they never know why. The judges watch out for every little detail. As a literary critic, every detail counts to me- starting from the topic, and the relevance of the art to the society. But I must tell you that this work is flawless, except for the punctuation. Keep this up. Africa needs more.

    1. Wow! I’m humbled by your generous credits. Thanks

  2. Jo (@josephoguche)

    Nice story, well told. I love the poetical metaphysics of the last stanza.

    1. Jo (@josephoguche)

      Welcome bro

  3. Haha@Doremi, no take flattery turn the poor boy into mumu. This work is good no doubt, better actually. But that doesn’t warrant you to disrespect the ‘peneklematic dictionary destroyer’ by saying this boy will whoop his ass. Your opinion I guess

    1. Hahaha @Hymar please don’t report me to him. Please. Ejor, boko nu, s’l vous plait. I don’t. Him to quench my career in literary criticism. But yes, this work is great.

      1. One day, there would be another crazier writer that is better than him. Maybe, he/she is even around but not yet recognized! You re free to challenge him o jawe…

  4. I knew it! Told u, u re a gem. Nice work!

  5. Do the gods give without taking? I like that question o… You must give in one way or the other.
    Lovely poem here. Love the creative rearrangement of language which is done simply.
    Is this work good? Yes. Can it be bettered? Yes. Every work can.
    So, work in your punctuations, go over this with a beam constantly. In the end, it will shine brighter.
    Well done, Ash. $ß.

  6. @Hymar thanks for saving me from being ‘mumulised’ o and thanks a lot for reading

  7. @sibbylwhyte thanks for reading and I appreciate pointing out that there’s still work to do. I’ll surely do as you advice. Thanks

  8. iLoved the movie and iSurely love this poem, awesome !!!

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