Christian Tobechukwu Okafor

(September 4,1987 / Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria.)

Tribute To Our Fathers


Black sheep son's father
What a grief to be!
Fool's teacher doth but
Potsherds glues apiece.

Father's heroism ring out
And blessing rain upon yourself;
At noble father cock a snook
And basket-full sorrows harvest.

The flo'er of youth maximize
But not 'gainst noble father.
Better "No" when 'live and strong
Than spite at his solemn sleep.

Cock your ear and be under his wings
For o'er you The Supreme honours him.
Father's blessing the son's hand strengthens
But father's curse a fatal road paves.

Yourself never praise
On your father's snub;
His disdain yours is,
His praise yours too is.

Submitted: Monday, October 22, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Completed in 2009, inspired by events of these days whereby fathers are disparaged anyhow by their children

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