Chant for Christopher

I saw you Christopher
By the sacred water
With your grandfather
Priest of Idoto,
By Idoto River.

Christopher, Christopher.
One day Nigeria
Next day Biafra.
Chinua Achebe cried for you
Wole Soyinka in prison cried for you;
Gabriel Okara too.

I saw you Christopher
Your schoolteacher father
And beloved mother
Siblings and everyone,
Life in Ikenga.

Christopher, Christopher.
One day a poet
Next day a soldier.
Chinua Achebe cried for you
Wole Soyinka in prison cried for you;
Gabriel Okara too

I saw you Christopher
Writer and teacher
O.U.P. Publisher
Black Orpheus time,
Time in Nsukka.

Christopher, Christopher.
One day a publisher
Next day a Major.
Chinua Achebe cried for you
Wole Soyinka in prison cried for you;
Gabriel Okara too.

©Natty Mark Samuels, 2010.

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