Published January 1st, 2023
by Sola Ajibogere
(Ijesa-Isu, Ekiti State, Nigeria)
The music starts very slowly, the dance
Grows gradually with it, known palms
Caress the drums hides on their faces
Dance gentle dance, the air takes
Cue the waves
Flow, fine feminine flow of flawless furry
Human skins and drum hides
Rhythm together in concerted animal gaiety
The spirit of dance just descended upon
Us, we brought neither sadness nor mourning.
Note: Àdàmò, Bàtá, Àgèrè, Dùndún, Sèkèrè: Yoruba drums.
Sola Ajibogere is a native of Ijesa-isu, Ekiti state, Nigeria. He is a graduate of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti with B.Sc. (Honours) in Microbiology. He currently teaches at Divine Touch International School, Ado Ekiti. Sola loves watching and playing soccer.
This poem is included in Poetry World #5, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.
Previously published in Africa Poetry Magazine:
i am SHE
by Senetisiwe Ginindza
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