Journey’s Mist (A poem by Rafiq Raji) #African Literature Association Conference, #Wits

Adieus with fear and hope
The lovers’ anguish
A mother’s worry
Hope of the fruit of thy loins
Memories of vanishing strides

Await to the sound of return
Do open o door
Open to the stories of a journey spent
Not to the anguish of whispering news

Was thy journey prosperous
Did you tire of sights and sounds
Did you let go to the mystery of discovery

Hope for the fruits of thy steps
Soothing balm of beloved memories
Fatigue not tired limbs
The horizon is near

O sweaty brow of hope
O laughter of triumph
O warm embrace of return
O journey’s mist

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