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EVENING SKY
by George MacLean Akurunwa
Friday, January 24, 2014
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Evening Sky

 When the hungry mouth of the earth

summoned you for dinner 
it had no clue you will arrive
dressed for festivity,
drawing the attention of all
to the trail of your flaring fingers, 
to the diamond fire burning around your neck,
to your robe studded with flakes of nomadic stars.
 
Wild flower, the ubiquitous maiden 
whose smile lights the sky, 
I invite myself to your dinner table
where the poor and the rich drink from the same cup.
 
It’s hard to live through the day
without noticing you,
without desiring you,
without longing to follow you home.
 
Today my hands are begging to touch you.
My lips are begging to drink 
the pure water from your stream of gold.
My eyes are helplessly fixed 
on the specters of the translucent blood
flowing through the veins of your tanned body.
 
I long to see the roses in your hands 
bloom forever in the deserts 
of our sobbing streets.
I long for the bell of your infectious 
and amorous laughter 
to toll forever 
and silence the dubious lamentations 
of the insatiable clock.
 
I love how the vivacity 
of your penetrating eyes lights up 
the face of a sullen day
in which the last ship of the sun’s rays
is slowly sailing away.
 
What else can the rain say about your kisses 
and your open love affair
that it has not yet said?
What song can it sing to the ear
about the generosity of your heart 
that it has not yet sang?
 
No eye can say it has seen 
enough of your brilliance, 
enough of your beauty,
enough of your wonders,
except the cruel eyes of death.
 
George MacLean Akurunwa.2014


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Reviewed by JMS Bell 3/1/2014
AH...BUT UPON OUR DEATH WE SHALL BE REWARDED WITH SOMETHING THAT IS SO MUCH GREATER...THE MARVELOUS BEAUTY OF ETERNAL LIGHT! WHICH FAR EXCEEDS THE MARVELOUS VIRTUES OF AN EVENING SKY. THANKS FOR SHARING, MY FRIEND. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/28/2014
Great images and thought-provoking meanings are awakened through your verses, George. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/25/2014
A very striking poem. I often felt that you were writing about the continent rather than a person. And thoughts went back to Iman when she returned to Africa after 10 years in 1985, the pictorial repeated again in Playboy recently.

Much admired…

Ron
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