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There is no bound to a barrenness spell
the prolificacy-flows wash,
the plantain-stands, off the annual dustiness
and the child-birth-cries defiles the nocturnal
tranquility of the river course

The banana-stands do not co-habit
the river banks with barrenness
as the water-frogs do not suffer
the dryness of the farm-stead.

With a symphony
the child cries into the earth
to the melody of the child cries
the banana tree waves its blades into the virgin airs

And the child-songs…

Ones ’child is one’s child

May it be to dare,
the terror in a night to yield
an infant call of the young in the home

One’s child is one’s child

May mine be of the ebony skin
may another’s be of the fair earth

One’s child is one’s child

Mine may lack the waist-line curve,
the beads will never befit another’s waist

One’s child is one’s child

The hawks that prey the chicks
must spare my young

One’s child is one’ child

The hot winds that lick up the ocean
to dryness should spare my brook

One’s child is one’s child

In the distant-fore
the ducks keep their young’s

One’s child is one’s child

May their foresight never go dim
In the beam light of the murder-some earth

One’s child is one’s child The mother hen, in the rear
keep her young watchfully

One’s child is one’s child

May my children watch in the rear
at my exit to the eternal earth

One’s child is one’s child

the dying ember is immortalized in the ashes
the dying banana tree replaces self with its sucker

One’s child is one’s child

May my child uphold my threshold

One’s child is one’s child

May my child become the main-frame, and
the pillar of my strength

one’s child is one’s child

Ibadan, December 2007


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The following comments are for "Affirmations Of Life"
by poetdave

this is beautiful for its graceful merging of image and emotion, and how the refrain anchors the words- and the world- in the heart.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: January 28, 2008 )

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