Birago Diop’s Poems

 

Vanity

If we tell, gently, gently
All that we shall one day have to tell,
Who then will hear our voices without laughter,
Sad complaining voices of beggars
Who indeed will hear them without laughter?
http://greatwestafricanpoems.blogspot.com/

Spirits

“Listen to Things
More often than Beings,
Hear the voice of fire,
Hear the voice of water.
Listen in the wind,
To the sighs of the bush;
This is the ancestors breathing”

http://dropletsofdevotion.blogspot.com/2008/11/spirits-poem.html 

Some of Birago Diop’s other famous works includes:  ” Mother Crocodile, ” Bone” and “Souffles.”

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