Bayo Akinnola

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Bayo Akinnola
Thursday 3 January 2019

Rainbow: An African Girl

How much is your price
More than rubies or silver
Or the sand of the long long seashore? 
Tell it to the trees to tell the the hills
Tell it to the translucent waters of the warm springs
Tell the birds of the blue sky to add to their annual songs;

How much can you worth
Oh you daughter of eve
More than the gold under the earth crust 
Or diamonds in the belly of the vast ocean,
How much can a son of man pay
To have your sun rises and sets on his arm,
To have your loins hung on the roomlet's wall.

Tell me your bride price,
And see me work to season's ends,
Tell me in gems and jewellery and see me
Break the rocks with the palm of my hand;
Pluck the stars and give to the moon for dinner,
Bake you bread with the fire from my mouth.

Your lips are beautiful flower,
Your eyes nothing can compare,
Your skin, like the peels of wild banana fruit,
Your hair, like the seed of newly blossomed Ishin tree. 
And when you walk; your back swings like a Jakaranda tree in the wind.

You're a tree with leaves green
Ready to bear fruits by the next rain, 
You're a song I've been learning to sing,
You're a rainbow with seven colours.
Tell me your bride priceIs it more than thirty one cows
Or how many goats shall I bring?
Name me your price in paper
And I'll pay in thousand Pounds.


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