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The Bird with Strong Wide Wings

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The bird with strong wide wings
The bird with powerful legs
The bird with a wagging tail
Orisanla Oseeremagbo
They were the ones that went to Agunregejege market
We searched and searched for a competent Awo
We could not find one
We searched for an Awo in Iliki land
And went to Ijesa land
And we even went to Iwonran
Where the good day dawns
My Mesiada costume which I normally used to celebrate the annual festivals in Ife Oodaye
They informed me that rats had taken it away
I responded that no rat had the capability of using my Mesiada costume
Those who set traps for rats
Will certainly be the slanderers against the rats
They informed me that the fish had taken it away
I responded that no fish had the capability of using my Mesiada costume
Those who set nets and hooks for fish
Will certainly be the slanderers against the fish
They informed me that the birds had taken it away
I responded that no bird had the capability of using my Mesiada costume
Those who set ropes, cages, and bird-lime to catch birds
Will certainly be the slanderers against the birds
They informed me that the beasts had taken it away
I responded that no beast had the capability of using my Ago Mesiada
Those who shoot with rifles and spears at beasts
Will certainly be the slanderers against the beasts
They informed me that my children had taken it away
I responded that my children are my future who will carry on when I am no more
I pray for my children to live very long on earth
And to grow old and feeble
I pray for my children to grow very old
And live very long
And succeed in all departments of life
And give birth to so many ideas and children
And multiply in all aspects of life
And spread the chain of prosperity to all parts of the world
The uninitiated are not wise
They also lack knowledge
The uninitiated do not know that our Odu is the Odu of riches and prosperity

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One thought on “The Bird with Strong Wide Wings

  1. My name is Jose I. Miranda and I read your poem….( beautiful poem) and I took the liberty to translate it in Spanish….I love it very much! Thanks

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