Wish I could still laugh with the lotus
On the bank of the Nile
Take off my clothes
And dive into the Zambezi

Join spirit dancers
In the middle of the Ganges
Romp with the Rio
To the thunder of the samba

Fan the Yangtze’s face
With the fan of the moon
Tease the Thames
With a shoeless foot

Embrace the Volga
With open arms.
Ask the Mississippi
For a bowl of water

Alas, between cup and lip
An acre of wishes

AUTHOR: Niyi Osundare; born in Ikere within Ikere Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Nigeria, on 12 March 1947.


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