Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Susanne Wenger: In Memoriam

Hurry as you go
mother of many children and
dreamer of palaces for gods
deafened by sirens
of triumphal armies

Do not look back
Priestess of Obatala and
confidant of cool groves
menaced by hounds
of mercenary hunters

Enter, gnarled spirit
Esu waits at the Gate

(For Susanne Wenger, the Adunni Olorisa; artist, designer, architect, priestess, aged 94)


Unknown said...

Dear Mr Okeke,

I love this poem . I would like to set it to contemporary Nigerian music.
(www.myspace.com/ayetoro) .

Best wishes


Anonymous said...

i found your blog only today and the wealth of information contained in it is quite remarkable. I was at Ibadan when the death of Wenger was announced in january. May her soul rest in perfect peace. Amen!!!

Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju said...

Thanks for that poem