Gabriel Okara: collected poems. Responsibility: Gabriel Okara ; edited and with an introduction by Brenda Marie Osbey. Uniform Title: Poems. Selections. Once upon a time, son, they used to laugh with their hearts and laugh with their eyes: but now they only laugh with their teeth, while their. This is a poem by the Nigerian poet Gabriel Okara, in which he laments the lost innocence of youth. In it he condemns the hypocrisy of adults.

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Once upon a time, son, they used to laugh with their hearts and laugh with their eyes: There was a time indeed they poemd to shake hands with their hearts: Now they shake hands without hearts while their left hands search my empty pockets. So I have learned many things, son. I have learned to wear many faces like dresses — homeface. And I have learned too to laugh with only my teeth and shake hands without my heart. But believe me, son.

Gabriel Okara: Collected Poems

I want to be what I used to be when I was like you. I want to unlearn all these muting things. So show me, son, how to laugh; show me how I used to laugh and smile once upon a time when I was like you. Some all-rounded okata with the wits to turn anything and everything to words with inspiration I remember this one.

Gabriel Okara – Wikipedia

Happy memories there were. It simply reminds us of the changing times… I find it amusing really, that my childhood, which is barely one score and some years ago ooara so different from the times now… Maybe we need to learn to laugh a whole lot more… Problem is even our children are born without the laughter in their soul… So, who will garbiel us? I think most Literature teachers have a spark to them.


Is gzbriel the reading that causes it for them? I am glad you enjoyed the poem. Have you seen the collection it is from? It was published in I chanced upon it in Ibadan at some point and I grabbed it very quickly. Lovely collection of verse. I love this insightful piece of poetry! The Poet really captured the agbriel times and tides!

Gone are those good old days when all was as it oughta! Where did we go wrong?! Whatever happened to good natured folks?! Life is now, for the most part; smokes and mirrors! So, better safe than sorry init?! Aondo help us all and deliver us from ourselves! They say the okarra go worse as they come but are they only similar in a way to what we had before? I like the poem too for its bluntness and how it shows us what we have become… Men, women, who laugh with our teeth and hide our hearts!

May the heavens save us o! But is there a way we can be different? Can we be true in all facets of life that we come across? Like Liked by 1 person. Well, if it makes you feel any better, it already did! Much earlier on in pems day! I really should peer out my window and go see if there is! Is there a full moon? Please share… My windows are not moon bound … but maybe I will stretch a bit from this spot… Full moons are lovely, especially when gabrriel twinkling lights accompany to make the night bright… Hee hee hee!

Playing on the words but wow… Are you a moon person?

Was just goofing around but even at that, I love nature and gbariel, maybe; just maybe; am indeed a moon person! The night is simply wonderful and that eye of the sky — the night sky sha, simply leaves me marveled. That poem… The Valentine poem… Hee hee hee!


We have to induct you into the moon light o… It is a fine place to be. Induct me into the moonlight?! Who says I aint there already?!

Is it working then?! You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. I have learned to wear many faces like dresses — homeface, Gabriel Okara officeface, streetface, hostface, cocktailface, with all their conforming smiles okaga a fixed portrait smile. Thank you sir…for this, as always. Finally on point and she agrees with me… Are you sure rain will not fall today?

Nope… I opened it wiiiiiiiiiiiiiide sef… Nothing showing… Like Liked by 1 person. Whatever shall I do to make you see now?! Kosi wahala… we go manage Like Liked by 1 person.

You just saw it?! gabrlel

Was just playing crazy and goofing off anyhow! Barefaced reality Like Like. Would love to have your thoughts, please Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.

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