Elegy For Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart Come Together
By CHRIS CHINWE ULASI
The sound of the fallen Iroko tree was audible to our eyes.
And the answer to that great African puzzle has yielded disbelief
Among its ardent faithfuls, believers without illusionary burden.
The Eagle on the Iroko returned to where things finally came together
And wondering what destiny and history resolved to leave behind.
His voice, like the storied wisdom of the sage, was always
A reason for the patient morning sun to signal a new day.
A grateful world whose literature, one-eyed before Okonkwo's chagrin,
Now have fair-minded company to compare it to:
"When something stands, something else stands next to it."
Now that the literary forest is filled with your wit
and laughter--Soaked in aplomb, bent forward
To justify our doubts, your soul, like your mind,
Will engage forever a redoubtable world, appreciative and
Pained, that something immense and immeasurable lived here.