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WHEN WE MEET TONIGHT…

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Bring with you a truckload of handkerchiefs,

For the tale of this moon time is
Not the imagined stories of Ajapa the Tortoise,
Neither is it the stories of Ananse the Spider,
But the bitter news of explosions and blasts.

When we meet tonight

Come along with hearts padded with bricks,
Because the moonlight tale of this night
Shall be redolent of burrowing songs of sorrow
About dimmed stars falling in tens and thousands
From the infected skin of our ailing sky.

When we meet tonight

We shall learn a million anthems of tears
And recite a pledge of disloyalty against our woes
As we raise our faces towards the darkling clouds
To sing sore choruses of bleeding dirges
Learnt from the lips of uncultured guns and grenades.

When we meet tonight

Remember to come in dark robes overflowing like a sea in spate
Remember to come with dark candles, dark footwear, dark bands
Remember to come with dark words, dark thoughts, dark prayers
Remember to come with popped eyeballs readied for the wail of tonight.

When we meet tonight

We shall weep till the night comes to an end
Because we do not wish to carry
This bitterness resting in our hollowed heart
Over to another night waiting to be stained…

©YUA

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