HERE COMES THE KING



A cursory stroke in the shrub
Sets the gathering busy;
While rodents begin their chase,
The donkey jeers above a whisper:
"No one is afraid of any cat!"

Sound of a thick snap in the overgrowth
Invites the moon to stare
At a deserting arena,
And the grass to witness a stampede,
Herd of swine racing down the deep.

In his hide,  the donkey smells
The heat of his hot blood
And tastes the bite of his liver
As the hunter would

The leopard walks the dim in majesty,
The king is not on hunt,
Sometimes the numbers are allowed
To have their say here where
One head is better than a score,
And a red heart wears the crown.

Here comes the king!

(c)  Nwafor Awala
2024

About this poem

HERE COMES THE KING portrays how fear cows the people before those in power. The approach of the leopards Impacts on all animals at the gathering. The donkey metaphorically chewed his heart out of fear of the big cat, even in his hideout, despite his previous assertion that no one was afraid of the "cat."

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Submitted by nwafor_a on May 22, 2024

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XAXBX XCXXX XXBX AXXCXX X XX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 669
Words 147
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 4, 6, 1, 2

Nwafor Oji Awala

Nwafor Oji Awala is a poet, published creative writer and newspaper editor with many years experience in the private media. The author of Pearls, a collection of poems, was born in Ogale-Eleme in Nigeria; had his education at the Rivers State College of Arts and Science (now Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Port Harcourt) and the University of Calabar. more…

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