Not My Business – Niyi Osundare (A Poem)

Not My Business – Niyi Osundare (A Poem)

They picked Akanni up one morning Beat him soft like clay And stuffed him down the belly Of a waiting jeep. What business of mine is it So long they don’t take the yam From my savouring mouth?
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The Enemy’s Portrait – Thomas Hardy (A Poem)

The Enemy’s Portrait – Thomas Hardy (A Poem)

He saw the portrait of his enemy, offered At auction in a street he journeyed nigh, That enemy, now late dead, who in his life-time Had injured deeply him the passer-by. "To get that picture, pleased be God, I'll try, And utterly destroy it; and no more Shall be inflicted on man's mortal eye A countenance so sinister and sore!"
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Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou (A Poem)

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou (A Poem)

It's in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need of my care, 'Cause I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me.
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Are You Content? – William Butler Yeats (A Poem)

Are You Content? – William Butler Yeats (A Poem)

I call on those that call me son, Grandson, or great-grandson, On uncles, aunts, great-uncles or great-aunts, To judge what I have done.
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Abiku – J. P. Clark (A Poem)

Abiku – J. P. Clark (A Poem)

Coming and going these several seasons, Do stay out on the baobab tree, Follow where you please your kindred spirits If indoors is not enough for you.
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The Violinist – Margaret Steele Anderson (A Poem)

The Violinist – Margaret Steele Anderson (A Poem)

But that one air for all that throng! And yet How wondrously the magic strain went through Those thousand hearts! I saw young eyes, that knew Only the fairest sights, grow dim and wet, While eyes long fed on visions of regret Beheld life's rose, upspringing from its rue; For some, the night-wind in thy music blew, For some, the spring's celestial clarinet!
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