Birgitta Heikka


Oasis- in Haiku style


Fulani woman
tall and thin with cherub cheeks
by the cactus sits

your donkey drinks from
the pearly pool reflecting
your melancholy.

The desert dust has
cost you half a sight, lovely
Fulani woman.

Submitted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Edited: Monday, November 24, 2014

Form: haiku


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A picture of an oasis in Northern Nigeria—cactus, pearly pool. The Fulani woman I once saw while taking a trip in that area. She was the only traveler, on a donkey, for miles on a road in a very arid location where there was little vegetation (except for cacti) . While trying to write this poem (in the form of an Haiku) , I thought about incorporating the image of this Fulani woman in it. The Fulanis are a nomadic tribe in Northern Nigeria. They usually have sharp features and are beautiful.

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