no thirst


under the water

looking up from the house

of Olukun

I will never eat from

an empty plate

I hold the rope

the path is cleared

I am in the water

the water is my mother

holding me in the presence

of my enemies

my brother passes

the cup it overflows

I am prosperity

I never thirst

I am abundant

over flowing

the blessed one

flowing uphill

endless deep oceanic

flow like ocean

waves following

and carving paths

I am underwater

in Olukuns’ house

servant and child

to the ancestors

who talk to me

telling me stay

on the path

the rocks are

there to remind you

you are capable

you are able

you are

& if you remember

to flow forward

over the rocks

you will never thirst

(c) A. Nzinga

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