Category Archives: Orisa Poetry

Paying reverence to Osun and Olokun

​The Passage

Beads fall across your face pearl water drops hidden dark beauty radiant beneath Queen that holds the iruke Owner of all mysteries deep I thank you for dressing me in your clothes Mo dupe O Mamae Your body moves glistening foam steel blue under moon slivered ships rock tossed as you spray salt fury to the heavens churning below you roar undeniably Who is foolish enough to challenge you? Centuries ago branded, beaten, forced the last step from land your people entered darkness Mother Read more [...]

Praises to the River Goddess

Bright Mother who flashes fire reflecting yellow sun Owner of countless riches below shell pearl river stone throne you are seated like a crown diamond-filled and flowing you spread your ribbons cross land to kiss sweet with salt sea tang. Queen Mother who carries a fan you plait your hair quick fingers mid-stream showing supple back glowing gold onto the sand. Blue-silver ice-green frothing white your arms soothe beads of fever dry throats we drink coolness with our Read more [...]