Shiny ebony legs drew zigzag lines
On the harmattan beaten soil
Razor sharp legs cut the earth
Smoothly and threw dust skywards
Curvy black hips swayed dangerously
To the rhythm of the sweet talking drums
Beautiful hands waved frantically
In the air like cassava leaves
And proud heads that has carried many clay pots
On their way to the village stream,
Nodded in frenzy in answer to the beckoning drums

As the ripe pawpaw fruits dangled invitingly
On the young maidens shining chests
The young suitors’ eyes had a field day
Their eyes saw what their wills could not restrain
The young suitors could not help
But shift their legs side to side
Maybe as a result of the beckoning drum,
Smooth and enchanting eyes,
The sweaty and enchanting ebony skins
Or from the inviting and dangling pawpaw fruits
On the maidens chests

Smokes spiralled from the pipes of the old men
As they smacked their lips together in utter enjoyment
Mothers clapped their hands happily
As pride filled their hearts
With their daughters’ maiden outing
Naked children wriggled their tiny hips
In imitation of the maidens
And the earth shook under the feet of the maidens

Amaseri is in a festive mood
Her young maidens are ripe for marriage
She is rejoicing with her maidens
Who the village priest confirmed that
They have spent sixteen moonlight years on earth
And are now ripe for the annual ritual
Amaseri, the town of tradition sings a great lullaby
As her maidens show off their dancing skills
And bodies that the glorious moonlight illuminated

Young suitors are having difficult times
Deciding who will be mama’s helping hand in the farm
What with all the enticing and dangling papaws’
On the maidens’ chests
Who wouldn’t have a difficult time choosing
The maiden to fetch water for mama
From the Ikomo hill river
But they must choose for mama is waiting
Mama will not wait for another 96 Eke market days
For another maiden dance



Nottingham, United Kingdom

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