Adjei Agyei-Baah – Pansiwaa

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The goddess who struts in rocking beads
Ah! So you think the lizard nods for nothing
My Nubian queen of cinnamon skin, fleshy as a baobab
Face of a blossom moon, dispersing stars to an early sleep
Hips of sinuous gestures, floating kapok in the Harmattan Winds!

Pansiwaa, with her lips of zebra stripes, inviting like the froth
of African palm wine
Pansiwaa, her eyes were of the panther‘s, pushing darkness
into a broad daylight

Oh…but for your warmth
I have missed in these wilder nights of lashing coldness
Run my fingers through your fronds of jet black dreads
And have my sorrows drown in the grove of your shrine

I‘ve sailed the seven seas, and felt their turbulence against my skin
This blackness which you nourished with your soothing hands of shea butter
Are now tough like the rhino‘s that only your Salt pond can dissolve

So long my soul has been tramped, muddied in the waters
of lords who never knew me a Negus
A prince, who once surveyed my savannahs of anthills and darting impalas,
Of crouching leopards who felt the sharpness of the warrior‘s spear

But into thy coastal arms I return, through Elmina‘s ‘gate of yes return‘
Thy radiant smile, my bearing found
Thy coconut water, my thirstiness quenched
And in thy gentle breeze a moment restored

Adjei Agyei-Baah is the co-founder of Poetry Foundation Ghana and Africa Haiku Network. He is currently a language part-time lecturer at the Institute of Continuing and Distant Education, University of Ghana, Kumasi Branch and Grace Baptist College, Kumasi, Ghana.

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1 Comment

  1. Reading Pleasure

    July 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    So beautiful and evocative of the African setting..

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