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Alabaster balm of love

Alabaster balm of love

Fusion of Tabule, Balangi and Milo Jazz

music regenerates accord during Awojoh feast.

I muse at crossroads: A communion of ancestral

Spirits, sharing assorted kola nuts, drinking palm

wine from sacred gourd of peace. Titans of unity:

Clifford Fyle and John Akar skilled patriots with

steadfast nationalism, integrity and selfless love.


Homegrown fowl savor fangadama and clutching

chicks roaming. Teary-eyed folk embrace each other,

Tropical breeze hones sweet melody. Sacrilege of

Alabaster balm of love: shrapnel pierced the national

psyche. Compatriots return home: where umbilical

cords are perennial.


Christians like Muslims pray for

healing, sharing, and caring: God forgives. Church

bells toll: abiding gratitude glows unerring artisans’



Salone is heartland not wasteland: inspiration

ripens genius in me. Our National Anthem unites us;

renaissance to love peace blooms like baobab tree –

one foundation. Fallen elephant is taller than grass.


Ignorance, curry-peppered bile ruined motherland

Tenacity clothe in mental prowess weather storms.

A more stable homeland blazes into Star of Africa.

by Roland Bankole Marke © 2010
Roland Bankole Marke
Roland Bankole Marke (photo) is the author of 2 collections of poetry: Teardrops Keep Falling and Silver Rain and Blizzard. His third book is Harvest of Hate (Fuel for the soul) Visit his website on; www.rolandmarke.com to sample more of his work.

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