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Thursday, May 23, 2024

A Planet’s Tale: By Niyi Osundare

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ONCE UPON A PLANET

(For Earth Day 2024)

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The sky above our head is A ragged umbrella in need of a needle

The rain which leaks through the ruptureIs a cocktail of contending toxins

The cloud up there is a wet blanketDripping like a dirge upon a feverish earth

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The birds fled several season agoWithout leaving a forwarding address

Prodigal saws have felled the joy Of flourishing forests

There is a twilight stanzaIn the song of the wind

Several seasons ago we sowed the WindThe Whirlwind is ripe for our heedless reaping

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The Earth we used to knowIs once-upon-a-time

Niyi Osundare, one of Africa’s foremost poets and academics, is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of English, University of New Orleans.

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