Friday, 12 March 2010

Proud and free


berber camels and tuareg blue

but carpet really and that links backwards to recovery

still red and indigo are special too

the paint pot splash the violence of colour

the soft restraint the maddening brain buzz,

what’s silence for

there’ll be plenty enough in time

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso was fastidious

She always tied her laces twice

On Wednesdays she cooked couscous

And ate it slow to show how nice

Her manners were

It was small comfort to know that

She would outlive men by one year

Forty eight is still too young

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