Sunday, April 18, 2010
The Wind and The Iroko.
When I say “Arabian nights” you will answer “Entertainment”. Arabian Nights? Good! Old men and women, I have a story to tell you. My story is about the wind and the iroko tree.
Once upon a time, there was a man who thought he was the king. He gathered his entire village, and they went to witness the wind demonstrate its strength in the forest. He walked, and walked, thinking the entire village was behind him. When he reached the forest, he realized that no one was behind him, and that he had just taken a walk to the forest. There he remembered that, if a man thinks he is leading, but he has no one following him behind is merely taking a walk. Nonetheless, the king rather than go back, decided to enjoy the show.
Long time ago, the wind thought it was the strongest. It was involved in a battle with the grass. So when it passed, it pushed all the grass down, and the grass slept sideways. The wind drummed its chest all over and invited all the animals and kings to come and witness its strength. “At last I am the king of the land, and I will show you all”. The wind said.
So the animals and kings gathered to watch the wind demonstrate its strength. It passed and blew again this time stronger than before. The grass slept sideways, and the little trees fell off their roots. “It is now the new beginning” the wind whispered. The forest will be different because there was a new king for the entire land it publicized. To the wind and its friends, it was the long sought victory they had longed for.
Suddenly the sardonic laughter of the Tortoise heralded. As everyone looked, it said: “listen, why do you push the grass and you are happy thinking you have won the battle. You have not; actually you make more noise than anything. The Iroko has not budged since you have been blowing. It has always been in the same place. Immediately, the wind realized that just because it screams aloud victory, it does not mean it has won.
No matter how many times or how much a boxer claims it has won a match, if his or her hand has not been lifted up by the referee, then it has not won; it is only making noise. Let the wind blow harder or shout louder that it is setting order in the forest; every other animal in the bush knows it is only making noise because the wind has failed to remove the Iroko.
Until then, it is noise making for the wind to claim victory in the forest.
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.
“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).
Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).
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