The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Fiction from Mexico City

Ivy Akpersiri (Nigeria): 1 Poem Published
 

TAKE ME TO AFRICA

By Ivy Akpesiri

 

 

 

Take me to Africa

 the home of my birth

 the mound of dark civilization

 I long to suckle her breast

 whose milk taught me diphthongs of my dialect

 and baptized me in my forefathers bucket.

  

 Take me to Africa

 the dunghill where I belong

 the goldmine of treasure seekers,

 let the monkey embark on the voyage back home

 to the origin of his foreskin-

 the dark earth beside the seashore;

  

 I'll pound the millet when I get home

 I'll sing a dirge for heroes departed

 I'll tell the story of five season ago

 of Odysseus atop Pegasus

 living at the mercy of Oceanus;

 Take me to Africa where I belong.

 

 

 

 

Artwork by Sher Nasser "African Mother and Child"

 

http://shernasser.com/

http://sher-nasser.artistwebsites.com

 

 

 

LLÉVAME A ÁFRICA

Por Ivy Akpesiri

Translation by Violeta Pelaez

 

Llévame a África

el hogar  de mi nacimiento

la cumbre de la civilización oscura

Ansío succionar su pecho

cuya leche me enseñó diptongos de mi dialecto

y me bautizó en la pila de mis ancestros

 

Llévame a África

el vertedero al que pertenezco

la dorada mina de los buscadores de tesoros,

deja al mono embarcarse en el viaje de regreso a casa     

al origen de su prepucio

la obscura tierra a la orilla del mar;

 

Moleré el grano al  llegar a casa

Cantaré una elegía a los héroes caídos

Contaré la historia de hace cinco eras

de Odisseo  sobre Pegaso

viviendo a merced de Oceano;

Llévame al África a donde pertenezco.

Ivy Akpersiri Bio

 

Ivy Akpesiri (born June 21, 1983) is a Nigerian poet and dramatist. She was born and raised in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. She is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors. She is the Author of ‘Suitors from Afar’ a Play (Bulkybon Books 2012). She lives in Lagos Nigeria.

Violeta Peláez Bio
Violeta Peláez is a writer, poet and graphic designer and a creative copy and translator. Interested in art, has written various essays about contemporary artists and more recently her work has appeared in Letras Libres (online): http://www.letraslibres.com/blogs/polifonia/la-huella-de-lo-imperceptible

Violeta lives in Mexico City and is a member of The Ofi Press Poetry Circle, a regular meeting of poets and writers held in the centre of Mexico City.
Violeta Peláez es escritora, poeta y diseñadora gráfica y traductora y copy creativa. Ha escrito diversos ensayos sobre arte contemporáneo y recientemente su trabajo ha aparecido en Letras Libres (online):
http://www.letraslibres.com/blogs/polifonia/la-huella-de-lo-imperceptible

Violeta vive en la Ciudad de México y es miembro del círculo de Poesía de The Ofi Press,  un grupo de poetas, y escritores que se reúne regularmente en la Ciudad de México.