Monday, 28 December 2020

Melody - Wazani Adamu Ijarafu

There is a melody
In the song of a mad man who lost his lover
To the romance of broken bottles

He sings with the old woman’s tongue:

You can’t know the beauty of a face
By kissing a woman in the dark

You can’t know the height of a kiss
By standing atop Mount Everest

You can’t know the depth of a love
By swimming into the deep sea

A kiss from my woman in the moonlight universe is romantic
Like the smell of air at rainfall
Before the falling of dry leaves
Like the quietness in caves
Before the chirping of flying birds
Like the last striking note
Before the end of a fading song

A kiss from my woman in the moonlight universe is wild
Like the patches on the trouser of an urchin
From his grandmother’s old curtain
Like the writings of a mad genius
From his scattered algebraic equations
Like the creaking of metallic beds
Before the tearing of weary mattresses

Listen to this mad man

For there is a melody
In the song of a mad man who lost his lover
To the romance of broken bottles

Wazani Adamu Ijarafu (20th century) Nigeria

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