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My Heart Leaped

November 24, 2020 - Heart matters, In Love
My Heart Leaped

When I saw you stand at the village well, my heart leaped in recognition of young charm
You looked like a new flower vase in the living-room
Wrapped in the glow of Egyptian rivers from the hills you seemed
The kind that surrounds the virgins set apart for the king
A sight like the view of the snow-capped alps

Through my eyes, you looked like the yellow-coloured duckling
As attractive as the new stainless-steel cutlery from Malaysia
Your hair stood and sat like the tea plantation of Kericho
So well-weaved, the contrast of the hill-country
And your hairline like the dykes trapping the waters

The ornaments sang of the splendour of the flowering bougainvillea
They seemed to pledge allegiance to their mistress
Careful not to turn the attention angle
The earrings, small yet audible, were like new sufurias
The ones that are kept in the cupboards, waiting for the day of the feast

If beauty was a flower, you had the petals dyed in pink chroma
If it had been a song, you hummed it under your breath
Your fineness was like the milk-mashed dish
The one that is served with grandma’s love
Because I saw the threads of the African love-portion

Every time I see you, I am reminded of the aroma of mum’s dishes as they cook
The best things cannot be held
You just need to be alive to the excitement they arouse in the inside
Yet we cannot isolate them in a tin-can
The magic it spread on the mat in my heart

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