Abiodun Adekoya

Rookie (15-03-75 / Lagos, Nigeria)

Yeye Osun - Poem by Abiodun Adekoya

Dream of the night laid legs on my groin
To bring alive my unborn children from heaven
Crouch of the day deeper my soul into spirituality
Bond of incantation serrated me with bangles
Strange herbs and lizard feed me with honour
To dance with bare breasts clapping to their gods

Still and still, earth is salty in fertility
And my in-laws gave me wits for slander
Yeye Osun the magic spell for fertility
I have come to your shrine
I am the daughter of your laps
White cock and cowries have been brought unmarked
To sing and dance to the Spirits floating on your bosom

When hunter praises Ogun
His gun splits tiger head into pieces
When birds sing with happiness
Their peaks spill sceptres on the ground
When palmwine-tapper praises
Lords of the forest in the morning
He brings home gourds of palmwine in the evening

This is my morning Yeye Osun
Draw my children come from heaven
Their father wants to know them
A man that sings after meal
Sees delight in the beauty of his wife
But how can he sing Yeye
When his crop cannot yield fruits?

I praise you Yeye Osun
Bring me children from heaven
That those wit-mongers
Can call my children for errand

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 12, 2007

Poem Edited: Sunday, April 24, 2011

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