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Birgitta Heikka Poems
Mummy, The Praying Mantis
Mummy is a praying mantis her head bowed, her hands clasped, her knees bent. From dusk to dawn
Under the Tropical sun, strung Rumbling like the sea on which she sits A tornado ride in an amusement park - exciting, enthralling, endangering.
Sliding from the hills, a peripatetic path she follows to the sea.
The Barefoot Prophet on the Beach
The yawning sky accompanies the cries and the beating bell of the barefoot prophet.
The chameleon leaned on the lamp post His designer face smooth as sherbet ice cream
Carved is a mark on my thigh an imperfect rhombus it bears opposite and unequal sides of two pairs.
I Wear Neutral
I wear neutral The color of the sand The color of the stone The color of the stream
Granny's chamber pot silver was her possession of pride Not her gold earrings, chains and bracelets duly priced She'd labor in the mornings scrubbing the beloved pot Her face reflected, then laid it down to dry on the lot
Cause I Swallowed a Frog
I swallowed a frog whole and it got lodged in my throat Latent, it laid in the green bowl the amphibian I swallowed whole
This Fear …
That won’t disappear Heightening my despair Illumining phantoms in the midnight air Scorching flame in the atmosphere
The Old Iroko Tree
Strong and majestic he sits in the marketplace on Ewusi Street where I played at six watching merchants ply their treats.
Preachers preach it daily Statesmen state it authoritatively
The Blind Beggar from the North
The Harmattan wind puffed ponderous dust into the air that evening in December And from the rust appeared a blind beggar wobbling with a cane behind a girl who led the way
A slender brown creature with patches of white I encountered one day in the woods. Surrounded by rays of green, yellow, purple and red lights he stood with his lean, long legs and glassy brown eyes
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Mummy, The Praying Mantis
Mummy is a praying mantis
her head bowed, her hands clasped,
her knees bent.
From dusk to dawn
in her position, humble
she sees only the things below.
I want to raise her up
and make her stand straight
and tell her to look up
to the heavenly skies.
I want to tell her that down there
crawls the little creatures
who want her humiliation,
and up there is her creator
who wants her humility.
Mummy is too yielded now
shaped like the praying mantis
her head abidingly bowed
her hands abidingly clasped
her knees abidingly ...