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Call me Summer 

Call me summer; my days are sunny and hot,  And in the forage you shall find, sweet fruits riped.  I give tastes of fresh salmon cooked in coconut oil And a drink of wine to toast to the mild island heat  * Call me summer for I plait the hairs of the palm trees I […]

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The rainfall

i.  See the rain drops fall,  Throwing a rain party for all!  The clouds wailed this evening But to the children it was fun ii.  Under the rain, children danced Enjoying the freedom that it brought  Lightning shadows on windows, mild cold But men hid themselves under the blankets iii.  The clouds sang, the wind […]

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Tales from the Giraffe

Oh lovely tower! You stand above roofs and trees And graze on the wild Savannah You nibble at fresh tree leaves,  And the whole land is yours!  You visit our streams, majestically You stray through the quiet village And stole all attention to yourself  * Nights are for the folk tales,  Stories groomed in the […]

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Flying to summer 

There’s a symphony of joy!  Roaring up the bright skies,  Emissaries of the aging day Graceful flights to Africa!  * Floating above the countryside  Leaving the fresh, green fields Above the endless forests Keeping hope ahead * Each journey is an unknown promise,  Somewhere between joy and heartache.  But they must fly, the fair geese […]

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Death of a masquerade

When the cocks wake the clan in the morn with their calls I remember you, your memories are like my room walls  First, I must congratulate you for not dying completely  For telling us why we must abandon the village for the city,  For leaving the clans people with only strands of what you did,  […]

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Musing:  The Railroad 

Iron metal Crisscrossing  Dragging through the dust Like the snake, iron snake.  Tracks lay ahead as far as our eyes go,  Crawling through the urban and rural;  The countryside with her quiet forest  The township with her hustle bustle  The clouds are free of you They watch your snake lanes Cockroach through rocks and tunnels […]

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The Legend of Wawadomea

Verse 2: Cannibals of the East 2 The sunset drew a picture Which had lived with me For all my younger life A strange uproar heartfelt It was aye, very strange That aye, I mean I Will be amongst this lot This people forsaken kind of clan Living the life of a sea pirate Out […]

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Folktale: The Animal King

Gather now; come closer Warm your hands, sit near the fire It is a cold evening. I have a folktale for you, And I hope it prepares everyone for a good sleep. Ifochakpi! Waa!! Once upon a time In a land far away Across seven rivers And seven hills Lived a clan of animals Then […]

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The Pathway

Maybe I am lost, lost in the quiet Plantain forest Following a trail of leaves, to a place where I know not Maybe I am found, searching for my way to the top Walking hopefully to a place where better tree ropes drop * Maybe the path led to the dreaded Crocodile river Or to […]

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Folk: Under the Mango tree

1 Breezes and dreams are gifts of Nature to the hardworking villagers,  After a days heavy toil in the fields of corn, yam and sweet cassava The men gather to drink the palm wine in the inn located by the mango tree,  Heavy talks lead to soft talks as the beer sank into the days […]

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