mardi 9 février 2010


(For Cynthia)

By Tikum Mbah Azonga

A fresh and healthy person
That’s what this world needs
It’s not a magic wand
Neither is it any elixir or panacea
We need a wholesome person
One who can command and be obeyed
One who can humiliate endemic corruption
One who can reset the chiming clock
And above all, one who can stand the test of time.

We four huddled up here have every reason
To undo the queen’s pleats
But we must swear by the new brand
Despite what was written by the overseer
What we dread most is treason
Because that is justice delayed
Civil service uprightness must come by compunction
Otherwise our efforts will be thwarted by a block
That’s why between vinaigrette and lime, I choose lime.

Copyright 2010

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