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Wole Soyinka (Abiku)

In vain your bangles cast

Charmed circles at my feet;

I am Abiku, calling for the first

And the repeated time.


Must I weep for goats and cowries

For palm oil and the sprinkled ash?

Yams do not sprout in amulets

To earth Abiku's limbs.


So when the snail is burnt in his shell

Whet the heated fragments, brand me

Deeply on the breast. You must know him

When Abiku calls again.


I am the squirrel teeth, cracked

The riddle of the palm. Remember

This, and dig me deeper still into

The god's swollen foot.


Once and the repeated time, ageless

Though I puke. And when you pour

Libations, each finger points me near

The way I came, where


The ground is wet with mourning

White dew suckles flesh-birds

Evening befriends the spider, trapping

Flies in wind-froth;


Night, and Abiku sucks the oil

From lamps. Mother! I'll be the

Supplicant snake coiled on the doorstep

Yours the killing cry.


The ripes fruit was saddest;

Where I crept, the warmth was cloying.

In the silence of webs, Abiku moans, shaping

Mounds from the yolk.

by African Poems

Comments (8)

Invisible hope shines with beauty of expression on face. Revisiting this poem we really very glad. An interesting poem is excellently penned.10
For Gaudi perhaps his hopes had been realized and certainly seen; his Sagrada Famiia being one of the most popular attraction in Spain and with a number of his creations being declared World Heritage sites. Your poem is most inspiring, Thank you Mj
Invisible to others, and to our superficial self, is hope. But it lies deep within. Just waiting. For a flicker of light. Then it starts to unfold. The adventure of self-discovery has begun. And when it's over, the brilliant light will spread throughout the universe. M.J., as always, your poetry inspires. And empowers! This beauty has inspired me to empower with a new poem. I'll inform you when it's ready. Keep on writing these beauties! All The Best In The New Year! !
Hi Mark, contrast of frame and face and sprinkles of hope. hope plays the role of some secret! ! OK, let's admire the look and attitude hopefully the inner is also beautiful.
I feel strong and feel a bit electric in my pulse reading the spirit of this work, beautiful Gaudi building, its uniqueness, and make us feel like lets do it because we could it, just like that piece...the strong beam..Gaudi Inspired!
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