Padmore Enyonam Agbemabiese

(1965 / Abor, Volta Region, Ghana)

Here the Sea Meets the River


down there the river glitters
the fishes leap with a dance in the sun
their joyous fins flutter and sing
and they dive back into the river again

here where the Sea meets the River
the fishes leap with a howl
their fins flap in the burning sun
and they dive back into the angry Waves again

in their nothingness they see the harvestmen
bending reeds in the blazing pool
it is noontide, the fishes are in a wanton Song
the words offend my Ears and defile my Tongue

Submitted: Saturday, July 01, 2006
Edited: Thursday, August 12, 2010

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