Ugochukwu Nnamdi

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Ugochukwu Nnamdi
Tuesday 24 October 2023

THE KING’S WAGER

Once there lived a King at sea

King Of The Maroons they say,

Born with brazen arms and feet

Spawned and bred in naval bay.

One a day in ship unmoored

Sailing stolid on sullen sea,

Came leviathan mayhap to gore

To ruin his rather lushly lee.

Bidden to such bloody mêlée 

He prays to far heaven and hades

Soon drunken on youth and drink,

The King made a wager to death.

Spear in hand and kill in mind,

Away with zest and verve he jumped

And as hunter onto venison wild

His spooky spartan spear had trumped.

Merry by victory he stood with blithe,

Amid jaw and teeth of fallen beast

Too tardy to play pirate and parley

He fell to his sleep in pithy glory.

And so goes the legend and lore

King Of The Maroons no more

Arms and feet it cost his four

Reeking with the spoil ashore.



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