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A Winter Night



It was a winter night
one of those january nights
when winter resumes its whizzling ways
and scatters its last snow and storms
with desperate fury
no spring
no sun
no happiness
the cold snow spreads itself about
like the boundless sky
it rests its death-cold self
and then
the wind
strong, fearful, and bold
races itself to nowhere
the snow spreads its icy blanket on man
and varnishes him in dusty earth
the spring
the trees
the flowers
slowly raise their drowsy limbs
birds resume their chaos
ants and squirrels resume
their endless search for nuts
and the grass receives the bottoms of many men.


Khasu, Kona. “A Winter Night.” The Seeds of Time: A Collection of Poems. Mimeographed typescript. Monrovia, 1971. 37.

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The Liberian Literature Project

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