Friday, 17 December 2010

Tade Ipadeola's Quatrains

Well, there's a certain literary accomplishment that posterity may use as the reference point for a poet or which the poet will assert to her(him)self as an intellectual pivot. Well, in the course of achievements, it is my pleasure to showcase Tade Ipadeola's latest poetic pilgrimage. Four Quatrains from Sahara Testaments.

Tade is currently working on 1, 000 quatrains and our share to that fame which posterity would grant him is that it appears here first. (Okay, aside the facebook appearances of the poems).
Of course, there are many poets who have attempted grand works like this, either as an attempt to searching self, or Self.  Nostradamus wrote 942 stanzas to predict the future. The sections were grouped into centuries and each century had 42 quatrains. Rumi, the famous mystical poet of the 13th century was credited with writing 2, 000 quatrains and then there is the well-known translation of Omar Khayyam's poems by Edward J. Fitzgerald, popular as The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. 

For now enjoy Tade's poem.... 



Clinical light scrubs reinforced glass at the atrium
Where Goldschmidt and his brood meet death
In elegant equations, the amplified abecedarium
Pregnant as protocol, tasks mortal breath.

Spirit and men sail through rafts of bevelled books
Expounding the calculus of atoms, elemental speed
Degrees at which rarefied neutron cooks,
The right mantra to make electrons bleed.

One day, midsummer, their guarded onomasticon
Registered a name so French, the atrium brightened
With romance. The fellow brought a lexicon
Radiant as radium, to the table, he enlightened

Rapturously, on a world as yet untouched
By the miracle of the atom bomb, a perfect
World in which to test death. He clutched
Proprietorially, a map of my Sahara like a prefect.


  1. Anonymous12:46:00 pm

    History beckons...!

  2. Anonymous6:09:00 am

    Intelligence extra-ordinare

  3. Congratulations on the award of the best poet for the Nigerian Prize for Literature 2013. I doff my hat to you!


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