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Prof. Wole Soyinka
SOME DEATHS ARE WORLDS APART
For Kudirat.

No bed of flowers bloomed for Kudirat

She was not royal, white or glamorous

Not one carnation marked the spot of death.

Though undecreed, a ban on mourning spoke

Louder than cold-eyed guns that spat

Their message of contempt against the world.

Oh, there were noises from the diplomatic world

A protest diskette ran its regulation course – but

She was no media princess, no sibling

Of hagiomanic earls. All too soon it was:

Business as usual. Dark sludge

And lubricant of conscience, oil

Must flow, though hearts atrophy, and tears

Are staunched at source.

Death touches all, both kin and strangers.

The death of one, we know, is one death

One too many. Grief unites, but grief’s

Manipulation thrusts our worlds apart

In more than measurable distances – there are

Tears of cultured pearls, while others drop

As silent stones. Their core of embers

Melts brass casings on the street of death.

She was not royal, white or glamorous

No catch of playboy millionaires.

Her grace was not for media drool, her beauty

We shall leave to nature’s troubadours.

Courage is its own crown, sometimes

Of thorns, always luminous as martyrdom.

Her pedigree was one with Moremi,

Queen Amina, Aung Sung Kyi, with

The Maid of Orleans and all who mother

Pain as offspring, offer blood as others, milk.

She seeks no coronet of hearts, who reigns

Queen of a people’s will.

Oh let us praise the lineage

That turns the hearth to ramparts and,

Self surrendered, dons a mantle that becomes

The rare-born Master of Fate.

* Kudirat Abiola was the wife of the elected Nigerian President M.K.O.

Abiola, who was assassinated by agents of the usurping dictator,

Sanni Abacha, in June 1996, the year before Princess Diana died in a

Motor accident.

 
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