The Sun’s Dance

(For Kofi Awoonor)


the sun

shines bright

when the day

opens its eyes

at the centre

of the sky


it shines brighter

in the mid-day

when it beams

and reaches the centre

of our heads


it stays

and dances

from post to post

as if the dance

would never end

it dances with vigour

and sweats out

its energies –

it empties itself

on our flora and fauna

it empties itself

even in our heads

in that one dance

at the centre

of the sky


we stride

on teeming heads

to see

at the centre

the dancing steps

of this grand dancer



its energies


in the twilight

and we strain

our big ears

to hear

at the centre

the dancing steps

of this grand dancer


and when the night falls…

the sun dies

and the night

overrides its light

and everything goes…


but we can still


those dancing steps –

we still retain

the memory of the day

Gabriel Bamgbose

About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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