Saturday, December 17, 2016


Better Than Gold 

A poem by Rufai Kaothar Atinuke (Obafemi Awolowo University)

Precious yellow metal
Used for making ornaments and jewellery
You are valuable, you are good

But there is something better than you
Gold is good and costly
Silver is wanted by many

But there is something better still
Good name is better than gold
When a person with gold dies

He is forgotten as soon as his gold is shared
When a person with good name dies
He is constantly remembered

Humans’ good deeds are written in gold
A good name endures and stays forever


Paul Lothane said...

A new voice from Nigeria, I guess. A thought-provoking poem

Raphael Mokoena said...

Shakespeare said as much...quite true even in modern times