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Poetry: Fallen Elephant taller than Grass

29 July 2009 at 00:44 | 917 views

Fallen Elephant taller than Grass

By Roland Bankole-Marke, Florida.

Fusion of Tabule, Balangi and Milo Jazz
music regenerates accord at Awojoh feast.
I muse at crossroads: communion of ancestral
spirits, sharing assorted kola nuts, drinking palm
wine from sacred gourd of peace. Titans of unity:
Clifford Fyle and John Akar, skilled patriots with
steadfast nationalism, integrity rooted selfless love.
Homegrown fowl savor fangadama: and clutching
chicks roaming. Teary-eyed folk embrace each other,
Tropical breeze hones sweet melody. Sacrilege of
Alabaster balm of love: shrapnel pierced national
psyche. Compatriots return home: where umbilical
cords are perennial. Christian or Muslim pray for
healing, sharing, and caring: God forgives. Church
bells toll: abiding gratitude glows unerring artisans’
craft. Salone is heartland not wasteland: inspiration
ripens genius in me. National Anthem unites us all;
renaissance to love peace blooms like baobab tree -
one foundation. Fallen elephant is taller than grass.
Ignorance, curry-peppered bile ruined motherland.
Tenacity clothe in mental prowess weather storms.
A more stable homeland blazes into Star of Africa.

Roland Bankole Marke © 2009

*Roland Bankole Marke is the author of 2 collections of poetry: Teardrops Keep Falling and Silver Rain and Blizzard. His third book is Harvest of Hate (Fuel for the soul) Visit his website on; to sample more of his work.