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6334019311_8f9febf126_z (1)Across the Atlantic
They are not agnostic

With three hundred and sixty five stones
They watch the cycle.
With the last pebble gone
They blow their horn.
They look into the sky
For a God who’s most high.
They ask earnestly for a favor
For God to consecrate their labor
As the green season come round.

They see his radiant epiphany everyday.
He gives breath and bread.
He is the living God.
They call Him, “Baenne”: the Sunny Father,
The heart of the Milky Way
That rises and sets everyday.

Adventurers from against the East
Holding firm their God’s anthology,
The antagonist of Abyssinian philosophy
Say theirs’ is most sublime,
That the two don’t rhyme.
“This is animism,” they say.
“A grovel for stones, waters and hay,
Believing they have souls.”

Their God is omnipotent.
The Abyssinian God is also omnipotent.
He is the light.
The Heart of the Milky Way is also the light.
He sustains life.
“Baenne” also sustains life.
He is the Alpha and Omega.
The Superstar is the cradle and the grave.

Their philosophies may originate
From opposite sides.
They are opposite sides of the same dice,
Two roads leading to one destination.
The Abyssinian God is supreme.
Of heaven and earth, he holds the reigns

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About the Author

Portrait - YiroYiro Abari High was born, Yiro Abari Pede, in Jos, Nigeria. He is a graduate of Geology and Mining from the University of Jos, Nigeria. His interests include reading, writing, traveling, music reviews, adventurous walks, basic environmental matters, and social commentary. He is the author of a self-published book titled “How to Become a Music Maestro.”

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

9 Responses to “The Abyssinian God | by Yiro Abari High | An African Poem” Subscribe

  1. Yiro May 21, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Thanks..

  2. Michael Cahill May 22, 2015 at 1:14 am #

    What a thought provoking piece. So very well done.

  3. Yiro May 24, 2015 at 4:32 am #

    Thank you, Cahill, for coming all the way from Fanstory to post this comment. You’re, indeed, committed to the ideal of Fanstory.

  4. Avide M. Daniel May 25, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    Fantastic poem you’ve gotten here, u are a blessing to d Rigwe nation, nice job.

  5. Grace gye May 30, 2015 at 4:29 am #

    Wooooow, a beautiful piece,thanks for making us proud and known, kudos and all the best to u Sir Abari,
    our pride

  6. Charles Dah June 26, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    With such literaryfinesse? Its not long you will sit at the nadir of the pantheon pyramid of poetic greats that walked this earth.

  7. Pede Spartan King Abari June 29, 2015 at 2:50 am #

    brilliantly written i must say..but what is the motivation behind this poem for the Irigwe people? if its okay to ask@Abari High

  8. ADAMU BARI October 21, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    Deep thinking went into this. It’s time we do a rethink. Well done bro.

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