Look At This Yam

Look at this yam; you think you can insult me

I flew you to high heavens, across the Atlantic

Dodging waves and paddling canoes over Scandinavian fireballs

That balls that chased smokes out of hilltops

That frightened out sky invaders to alight their madness.

And so we cruised, exchanging pleasantries under the table

Just to secure your life and give you a pot line

Those with gloves spotted you at port of disembarkation

They said that comparable to their yam, you're huge

But comparable to them, I'm not small

For every yam is as large as its owner.

We passed the gate, my weight assisting to ferry you

Now how dare you insult me when we arrived home?

After I've taken all the sweat

After I exchanged you with dough

After I paid gratuities on your head at embarkation point

All I can get from you is some rotten treatment.

Now, you'll see what I'll do to you

You see that pot over there?

You see that sharpened knife?

Are you aware that water rests in the pot?

Do you know you'll go through a boiling cauldron?

Now, I must serrate you

Let's start with peeling you

Scrubbing out those brownish thorns

Such that we'd peep into your holy self

After which we'd cut you

And place you on that pot

The tomato stew is awaiting a fine mix

Only them would you know where you ended.

Patrick Nwadike is a member, Writers Cave, Tokyo.

{nwadike2@gmail.com}



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Re: Look At This Yam
Anwulika posted on 10-15-2011, 06:52:37 AM
QUOTE:
All I can get from you is some rotten treatment.


Oh! but Patrick, the yam could even be worse than you think! How about going through all that trouble only to realize that when you cut with a knife it was ALL ROTTEN with nothing to boil? A perfect looking yam on the outside but all mushy and brown on the inside?

QUOTE:

For every yam is as large as its owner.


Indeed! Your write up shows how big your yam is.

Good one!
Re: Look At This Yam
Chi2 posted on 10-15-2011, 12:14:30 PM
QUOTE:
For every yam is as large as its owner.



The above single line in your poem reminds me of a book I have just read. The book is The Legend of Mount Zebrue, written by a Nigerian. On page 47 one of the characters in the book asked a sage "Why is the toad"s bucal region abnormally wide? Their conversation run thus:

"The first generation of toad laughed excessively and had to pay the painful price."
"Could you please tell us how it happened."
"The toad and the mosquito were close friends. One day the toad found the mosquito in an extraordinary happy mood and wanted to know the reason for his state of happiness. In response, the mosquito said, "I am happy because I have a good yam harvest this season, and the yams from barn are all huge."
The toad was happy for his friends's and said, "Congratulation on you bountiful harvest," and added, "How big is your biggest yam?"
The mosquito said, "THE BIGGEST YAM IN MY BARN IS AS BIG AS MY THIGH?"
The toad flashed a look at the mosquito's tigh and laughed loud and lond. In the process the toads bucal region reached its elastic end and weakened, resulting in a genetic mutation, which in turn affected the mouths of other generations of toads that were born after that incident. This is why the toad's bucal region is wide,

Apart from the above single line that attracted my comment, I would add that your poem contains sufficient amount of rueful humour, spiced with a mild form of lamentation.
Re: Look At This Yam
Benjani posted on 10-15-2011, 17:50:23 PM
@Patcho:
Nice one.
Cooked white yam, yellow yam, water yam, big or small.
cooked with "tomato stew is awaiting a fine mix".
"Only then would you know where you ended."
Ofcourse, "it are ended in the bottom part of my stomach of belle"- Chief Zebrudiah Okoroigwe Nwogbo.

@Chi2:
LOL, ewo o. this guy go kill person.
infact my ribs are hurting now.
hope 'am not affected by buccalephantiasis.
Re: Look At This Yam
Picato posted on 10-15-2011, 18:04:50 PM
His imagery are incomparable. He took me right back to my natural state. This is a masterpiece.
Re: Look At This Yam
Uukaoma posted on 10-15-2011, 20:48:59 PM
Patcho,

Nice Poem and I' ve read it thrice! Like a great song, I ever time I read it, I found new and deeper meaning.

Chuks
Re: Look At This Yam
Uukaoma posted on 10-15-2011, 20:50:56 PM
Patcho,

Nice Poem and I' ve read it thrice! Like a great song, every time I read it, I found new and deeper meaning.

Chuks
Re: Look At This Yam
Iyke posted on 10-16-2011, 08:04:11 AM
The newyam festival is around the corner. think of the Oguta yam, zakibiam yummy yummy
Re: Look At This Yam
Williamsezigbo posted on 11-06-2011, 11:30:41 AM
you exchanged the yam with dough? paid gratuity at disembarkation? and the yam is insulting you? that yam is not well bred and i am sure it knows where is has ended..........
nice poem.
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