The Red Ridges LXI



Be consoled O you men of goodwill
 The race shall see diamond benefits and prizes
 The work shall yield fruits for the good of mankind
 The labour is love and the favour is hope

 That the school will stand the test of time
 That the teacher will be upright and stricter
 That the windows may keep off lizards and creepers
 That the sandals may not tear without replacement

 Let us mind the length of our suits and take care
 With the style that makes peace with the people's eye
 With the buttons that inform our files and history
 With the ages testing the younger for intimacy

 From the strength to wrestle to tending the vines
 From the wisdom of empathy to embracing reconciliation
 From the grace of redemption to all round breakthrough

 Be consoled indeed we shall not be the last
 To see Okonkwo stand and preach to the nations
 To see Somadina melt the candles with prayers
 To see the man love the woman and their children
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Scheme XAXX XXAX XXBB XCX XXXC
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 913
Words 168
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 3, 4

Tochukwu Esq

Tochukwu Callistus Ipere is a contemporary Nigerian Poet born in Enugu. Tochukwu is a native of Ideato North in Imo State, South East Nigeria. Tochukwu was educated at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Chartered Institute of Administration, CIA where he qualified as an Associate, (ACIA) in Corporate Administration and Finance in 2011. He currently has four publications (all collections of poems)to his credit, The Creeping Fire Of Hope SGS,IMT Enugu ,1999, Dance Of The Golden Baby, Delta Enugu 2000, Get The Way and Dignity, Madonna University Press Enugu 2011 and Xlibris Publishing Corporation USA 2011.Tochukwu Ipere has won many awards as a poet these include: 1. The International Poet Of Merit Award 2001. 2. National Judge/Advocate of poems @ website http://www.poets.com 2005. 3. International Poetry Achievement Award 2007. 4. Editor's Choice Poetry Awards 2006,2007,2008. 5. International Who's Who Golden Poet Award 2007.6.International Poetic Ambassador to the International Society of Poets 2007.Tochukwu was an executive member of the Association of Nigerian Authors ANA Enugu State chapter from 1999 to 2003. He is active online and the founder of a Causes page called Support African Poetry. He has a Post Graduate Degree in Education PGDE with the National Teachers Institute NTI Kaduna. He is currently studying for a masters degree in Educational Administration in the National Open University of Nigeria(NOUN). He has interest in music and is a song writer. Tochukwu has up to 800 poems to his credit.[edit] References Ipere, T.C(2011) Get The Way, Enugu: Madonna University Press Profile on Lulu.poetry Ipere, T.C(1999) The Creeping Fire Of Hope, Enugu: School of General Studies, Institute of Management and Technology Ipere, T.C(2000) Dance Of The Golden Baby, Enugu: Delta Publications more…

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