(February 12,1958 / Dagauda, Bauchi State, Nigeria)

A Clown Is No Fool

Here were they sat before the returned tourist
Here were they listening to the tales of abroad
Friends, relatives and the paupers of the land
By and large, yes men to tales of the Big shot
Amen men to the spouting yarns of the Hotshot

Amazing! So began big shot fresh from world tour
You need go touring the world
To find out how the more wonderful it is
Cocks, as a matter of comparing, across seas
I saw many of the size of ostrich

Mute, mute still they were, all the yes men
But he was reckoning without the clown
Who went in to body-scratching act

Review! My lord, review sir! So said the clown

Well, come to think of it, said the Big shot
Overseas, I had seen a cock size of Billy-goat's

Appraisal! My lord, appraise sir! So said the clown

Now furious, the tycoon restating, asked
If anyone else would again contradict his last claim
That overseas, there exists a cock canary-size

by Haruna Garba

Comments (2)

Listening to the tales of abroad! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
you have a great way of telling stories thanks