ADANNA

 

vanittt

you entice yourself with nectar from

your own breasts

and fill your mind with the magic of

delusion

You caress your waist to sweetly impress

and only by vain dilections

Adanna!

 

You eat thoughts of your effulgence

You brand cowries on your wobbly head

Notes of self-acclaimed beauty

two penny worth

you lull your mind with it

 

you sway and swash weak hips

with such hypnotic finesse

and your gestures of seduction

are only for your satisfaction!

 

you look in the stream and say

‘my hair is full, my breasts are firm

my eyes are the glitter of coral beads

vain

 

but say sweet Adanna

what will become of you

when vultures pluck your cascading hair

and imps prank off coral eyes

 

what when upon the wake

you find your breasts flatten straight

like the surface of a calabash

and your glittery skin frays away

 

what would become of Adanna

when seductive steps become

tasteless

and the crooked impostor

boasts from the mirror’s frame

 

what when you lose oh Adanna

your siren’s allure

and night owls sing songs

of beauty’s imperfection.

 

Vincent Okonkwo (Der_Vinci)

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