post We Sing as We Glide

January 19th, 2012

Filed under: Literature Corner — Natty Mark Samuels @ 10:44

We sing as we glide
to Darren Williams and Kerry Hatwell; for their example of love.

We sing as we glide
Escorting the bride
To her sunset rendezvous.
When the water turns silver
On Mpologoma River
She goes to the one she’s engaged to.

Through the mesh of papyrus
In the canoe beside us
Behind a barkcloth veil.
Joyfully we advance
The place of feast and dance
Plantain beer to toast and regale.

Pass the perch called Nile
Our neighbours the crocodile
To the man that she will marry.
I’m the official escort
My sister to her consort
Through the hyacinth and water lillies.

We are the Bakena
Of northern Uganda
On the shoreline of Lake Kyoga.
I am the brother
Taking his sister
To a vow they call forever.

© Natty Mark Samuels, 2011.

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