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The Water Damsel

(for Chris Okigbo) Brief! The sparks of her face Shone like the shiny water – Decked with an eternal beauty Of a brief exit As a star on the earth: Hidden drums drum her To dwelling places Planted in the Niger – A damsel: Sparks of guardianship Is lost at a river-side: Into the deep palaces Of the water-maid.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2009

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