legendary Nigeria’s Playwright and Poet, J P Clark who passed away on the 13 October, 2020 at the age of 85, after battling with illness gave an instruction of how he wished to be buried after his death. This instructions were revealed in one of his poems ‘My Last Testament’.
The Clear Instructions issued by the clear-minded Emeritus professor of English was seen in the lines of his poem, ‘My Last Testament’ where he was quoted by saying, Take me to my roots. don’t take my body to the mortuary, or to the church. Don’t keep my body for more than three days. Don’t quarrel over whatever material things I have left behind for you and do not shed blood for me.
And from clear Indication, the family may have done the bidding of the iconic and enigmatic poet. Here is the poem, My Last Testament:
My Last Testament
By J. P CLARK
This is to my family
Do not take me to a mortuary,
Do not take me to a church,
Whether I die in or out of town,
But take me home to my own, and
To lines and tunes, tested on the waves
Of time, let me lie in my place On the Kiagbodo River.
If Moslems do it in a day,
You certainly can do it in three,
Avoiding blood and waste,
And whatever you do after,
My three daughters and my son
By the only wife I have,
Do not fight over anything
I may be pleased to leave behind