Here in the ditches of Kano (a tonal drawing written in poetic form)

Here in the Ditches of Kano (Nigeria)

 

black muddy water won’t flow

jes sit’n here waiting for the rain

winds of Sahara blow dust everywhere

too much to sweep don’t even dare

black muddy water won’t flow

jes sit’n here waiting for the rain

long steps smooth proudly they go

pretty people run’n moving real slow

black muddy water won’t flow

jes sit’n here waiting for the rain

markets so many wares and charms

plastic and bones to make strong arms

black muddy water won’t flow

jes sit’n here waiting for the rain

rows of beggar bowls sown in the street

many go hungry so a few can eat

black muddy water won’t flow

jes sit’n here waiting for the rain

few hands resting on many heads bowed

holy words blurred keep everyone cowed

black muddy water won’t flow

jes sit’n here waiting for the rain

Copyright © 1990 Asili Ya Nadhiri

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s