Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On the Wings of Progress


like an Amazon
you straddle two continents
transcending cultures
in your journey of self-discovery
tracing the footprints of the past written in the stars
when the universe was young

you march
towards the future
with
a whoop of delight
longing
for the magic blossom

yet, nostalgia for the ancient
nights
(and for the values
of your ancestral home)
continues
to colour your dreams

you ride on the wings of progress
seizing the day with glee and feeding the hungry soul:
please don’t look back
don’t give up the struggle
don’t fall in love with the Kingdom
of your lost childhood because it will break your heart

now, be like me
embrace the new dawn
with all your heart and feel the difference
immerse yourself
in the intoxicating fragrance
of the beloved and taste her naked smile

dance with
the golden wattle
of desire
under
the wandering moon
and kiss the flame



© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo
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