Onis Sampson is a youn Nigerian writer. He writes poetry, prose, drama, poetics, essays, movie scripts and lots more. He is the author of Eyes of Passion
He lives and works in Port-Harcourt. more »
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Before You Set Forth
BEFORE YOU SET FORTH
You must come shaven before the river bank, child,
And keep your eyes inward.
You must harken to the notes of the river-bird,
Go paddling thru river reeds
At the rising of another sun.
Booze takes you no nearer to your horizon..
Let the melody of the wind against palm raffias
Echo down the huts of your spirit.
Proceed with words of Achème, the sage,
Inlaid in your mind
And defy the songs of evil men.
Do not go a labyrinth without a guide.
Await invocation before voyage by night
The chewing of kola is revered by the ...