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For Stella ©

Sola Ogunbayo
Ogun State, Nigeria
2006

You gave us a smile as you passed by,
Graceful aura as the loveliness of a duchess.
It became a quiet 'bye bye' into your coffin.
No wonder the stars in the sky
Hide their glitters, choosing to sigh.

You pulled your breast to milk your neighbour's children,
Fresher than the dairy of a million cows.
No wonder the stars in the sky
Hide their glitters, choosing to sigh.

What vintage can beat a drop
Of your red wine?
What hive parallels the taste of your honey
Flowing, flowing forever for free?

You gave toasts for life at many banquets,
Your golden cup clicking with ours.
No wonder the stars in the sky
Hide their glitters, choosing to sigh.

You chose to play with Venus,
Breath for beauty was the bargain.
No wonder your Maker hides
Preferring rather we cry.



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