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THE CALL

A call beyond the rivers, across the streams, From where the sonorous sound of breathing gongs Entwined with the heartbeats of panting drums



A call beyond the rivers, across the streams,
From where the sonorous sound of breathing gongs
Entwined with the heartbeats of panting drums
And the melodious tune of a whistling flute
Were huddled with the howling of spirited wind.
A call with it's fragments on the footprints of
elapsed time,
From where maidens danced and swirled waists
Adorned with straps of beads and cowries
To the epithalamion of male singers with hoarse
voice
Under the alluring stares of a bright ecstatic sun.
A call, far fetched from the tongue of a fading past,
From where antelopes heeded to the roaring calls
From the raging guns of brave hunters.
From where chants of praises were cascadded on
the face of shrines
To atone the spirits of vengeful gods.
From where farmers hearkened to the whispers of
the dawn
To prune and tend the gardens of the earth.
A call voiced though the roars of stormy seas,
From where motherhood, with her warm bossom
Lulled babies to sleep
While they grew though the blazing eyes of their
fathers.
Of heroic warriors who through valour's eyes
Knew the bruised rough faces of victory and defeat.
Of tamed moments when the sun drowsed to sleep
For the night to spread her sheet of enchanting
glows
Of glittering stars and gleaming moon
To reflect the children's faces as their mind
Pondered on the genuinity of a fabled moonlight
tales.
A call from the endless depth of a howling wind,
To retell the virgin tales of once defiled origin
Through the civilized mouths of lost sons and
daughters.
A call through the shrill voice of ancestors'
silhouettes
Whose pride were once pierced by the spear of
servitude.
A lost dead call risen from the solitary grave of
silence
As an immortal for the fate of black pride.
A warm call, from the scarred mouth of Africa.

Written by: Adedeji Raphael

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