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  • Do You see the Harmonious Congress of the Palm Trees

     

    Do you see the harmonious congress of the palm trees

    Arranged in columns of green

    That stand on the shore of a now regressed sea,

    And wave at a nameless being –

    Who speaks not, yet teases and leaves no clue.

    Listen! You may catch the evening news

    Hidden deeply in the weather.

    Now or later, woman it doesn’t matter when you do

    Halt or haste, it doesn’t matter which you choose,

    For time hurries us forever.

    Look! Here once stood Anthony and Cleopatra,

    Romeo and Juliet, Poor Jack and Rose

    Lovers who once swayed the world.

    Today; none survived except these palm trees,

    Except rain and regrets, duty and decay,

    History, seasons coming and going,

    The dust, the wind, the harmattan

    That picks and drops flowers at my feet.

    The butterflies; they flip their wings, the bees buzz,

    The birds churn songs from their lungs

    But these like water upon stones though beautiful

    I know will stay but for a moment.

    I sit patiently waiting for you to stir

    I wait for the sound of your footsteps

    To approach me,

    Soft like cat paw, gentle like breeze

    I reach across the skies, in search of you

    I feel your face, the brush of your lips against mine

    The caress of your touch

    Alas! Like these palm trees; you are here,

    But like those lovers ; you are far removed from me.

     

    About The Author

    Okoye 1
    Chukwudi Ezeamalukwuo Okoye is the editor of Ink15 and co-founder of Lyriversity. His blog is http://ink15.wordpress.com/. Mr. Okoye’s poems have been published in several print and online publications, including Bahati Books, Brittle Paper, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, African Writer, Kalahari Review and several other entities.