The Woman I Should Take

Not a woman
Who sleeps in the cathedral
From sunrise to sunset
Making the holy writ her pillow.

Far from it!

Not a woman
Who veils her entire body
From her crown to her feet
Praying five times daily.

Far from it!

Not a woman
Who with the weirdest ecstasy
With beads round her ankles
Dances the ballet of Olokun.

Far from it!

Not a fanatic.
Not a heretic.
Not a lunatic.

The woman I should take
Is a virtuous wife
Who beyond creed and deed
Has a gold-heart full of truth
Hands full of diligence
Eyes full of compassion
And a mouth full of wisdom.

by Saintmoses Eromosele

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