Celebration

Talking drums unwrapping tales
In resounding bounces of leather,
Daring youth to exercise its charisma.

Palm wine staggering in calabashes,
Gracefully white and beaming,
When passed from hand to hand.

Head ties, wrappers in bright colors,
Embroidered caps of different shades
And sandals laced in intricate designs.

Eloquent dishes spread out on the table,
Beautiful smell of freshly pounded yam
Laid out next to fish and vegetable soup.

Pretty beads dancing on swinging hips,
African princesses in Yoruba land
Responding to the drum's challenge.

by Olutayo K. Osunsan

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