Sentinel Literary Quarterly
Vol. 1 No. 1, September 2007. ISSN 1753-6499 (Online). www.sentinelquarterly.com
PARADIGM CITY QUARTET
- by Chiedu Ezeanah
(For Nnamdi Obioha Azuonye - the Majestic Mista Mystic - Feb.13,1982-July 4, 2001; author of Paradigm City, Iridescent Glow, Rhymes Upon The Clock and Life With So Short A Memory. Nnamdi literally fled this earth with his prodigious talent after a car crash at 19.)
David, exuberant psychic astronaut,
Explodes gigantic galaxies for joy.
A glow beams a billion awake.
The shore's giddy glory quakes.
Tall fireworks in nine hurrahs
Undim a pluriverse of new light
Past vast parched partitions.
A spotlight's nude athletic glides
Torch bonfires of rhythmic strides-
Redeem ambition's iridescence.
A child-hero's bold blue eyes
Flush frail New-Time to rhyme:
Shed like King Cobra's snake-skin,
Phantom Old-Time is lurched behind.
Rhymes Upon The Clock
The thawing cold shoulder of the arctic
Turns the dove's blood pressure atomic.
Largest Lake Chad* is fossil, ditto the Kyoto Protocol:
The ozone layer rues Al Gore's outraged goose pimple.
The ticking clocks are flashing away
Paced with heartbeats ready to race.
The mind, the spirit and the body grow
Toward Paradise's endless tomorrow.
Majestic Mista Mystic, mastermind of imaginings
Baiting infinity with words rapping, brazen, unaging-
Perch again, upon Ra's ancient pyramids.
Transmit the emperor's sun-birthing habits.
Pan bloom time's belly like a laser-
Parachute down the Nile for a Spa.
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