The Red Ridges LXII



Now you will be our mothers forever indeed
Because you are the women created by God to be
And you will be our fathers forever actually
Because you are the men like Adam and Okonkwo

When ijendu favours the mother, the family lives
When life favours the father, the family is richer
When optimistics come into prayer, hope is lifted
When glories are sustained wisely, the heart yawns

For more glories and likelies that brew hardwork
For more worries and possibles that check success
For more interests and positions that imitate the second
Fore more tracks and trails that challenge the records

We are going to be your children forever really
Because the folds of the skin have squeezed out the seeds
Into the vineyards of the community where fruits are plenty
Where food is common enough to be no beggar's portion

Then you will be our ancestors forever to recall
Because you were the fathers of our fathers in this land
Because you were the grand mothers of our grand mothers today
So, what can unity and peace be doing with a question
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Closest metre Iambic heptameter
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Words 184
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 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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