Christian Tobechukwu Okafor
Before A White Bonfire (New Year Poem)
Before a white bonfire I stand
In salute of the God of fire,
The one true seed in and through all,
In anxious joy for a new moon.
Awed by the sentries of this moon:
Knees on ground, hearts so uplifted
Eyes asky, mouths in communion,
All to greet this pregnant new moon.
Fireworks rending our calm sky
In raucous and rattling 'vations;
Roads crying under flaming tyres;
All hubbubs just to hug this moon.
‘Farewell to the old moon! ' we shout,
Her known three-sixty-five rays binned
In joyful angst for the unknown:
Unknown now preferred to the known!
All to orchestrate her advent;
All to enchant her unknown rays;
All these to welcome the new moon;
All just to welcome the New Year!
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