When The Canon Sounds


From happy distant lands

A spirit was called upon

To bless the ritual day

The exchange of sweet mortal wine


From fertile ecstatic lands

A sculpture appeared

To seal that ritual night

The exchange of living mortal fluids


He milked the strength of love

And chewed the bone of strength

He drank from mermaid streams

And played with warrior bows


In the sea of years, currents of ill

Roared and Hit yet drowned him not,

He knew their gods and where they lived,

He was the spirit from distant lands


In the gathering of men

His bowl was decked with meat

His gourd was filled with wine

Yes,He was the wine tapper who also loaded his gun


He fell many a time

On earths wrestling ground

But always stood again to pour penitential gin

Saving proverbs for seeds yet unborn


Four market days ago,

he split the kola nut and wryly smiled

Knowing how spirit’s dance

He welcomed the newest one in town


Yesterday morn at the town square

The masquerade missed his way

The silent gong was raised

The eagle perched on his father’s tomb


Today the air will be dry,

Men and Spirit markets will close

The great drums shall sound a dirge

Sons shall be proud of pall-bearing hands


When the Canon Sounds

And Gunpowder fills the air

Then,the spirit will return to distant lands

The African will join ancestral yonder bands


The King shall offer earth her share

As humans drink and toast

In unison with spirits

To welcome the newest ancestor in town


(For the heroic soul of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, The people’s General,Dikedioranma ndi Igbo, Ezeigbo gburugburu)

7 thoughts on “When The Canon Sounds” by Tonye Willie-Pepple (@williepepple)

  1. Wow!..Nice one that celebrates the Ikemba..Well done..

  2. Real nice. I love it’s traditional undertone.
    I got lost at some point…but all in all, I loved it.
    Wish Ojukwu could read this though…however, he’s gone.

  3. Beautifully written poem.

  4. adams (@coshincozor)

    I love this! the imageries, symbols and personification got me enchanted. carry on!

  5. This is very good O°˚˚˚!

  6. Wow… Wow… Good one…

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