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BABATUNDE

Babatunde

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The end of day
Is the birth of dawn: fresh hope,
Heralded by yowling.
This effusion of grief – superimposed by
Tinny voicing, a cry:
Father is back –
Father is back again!

‘Tis ample comfort that suspends grief,
Neutral emotional platform
As a worn shell is laid away.
The man that would not die
Has come to live again.

The Box is now a cot;
Dirge – a lullaby;
Balm – fragranced oil;
Shroud – nappies and fur.

The father is now the son:
Infant on my knee
I shall gaze often into
The windows of your soul,
Searching for the man
That was and is –

Was that a gurgle
Or an effusion of wisdom?

* In the Yoruba culture, the name ‘Babatunde’ is given to a male child born shortly after the death of an elderly male. It is believed that the elder is reincarnated in the child.

Written by: Toby Ogundiran
Edited by: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

Author: admin

I am a member of the WRR editorial team.

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