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New Year’s Eve Midnight by Gabriel Okara

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N ow the bells are tolling –
a year is dead.
And my heart is slowly beating
the Nunc Dimittis
to all my hopes and mute
yearnings of a new year.
And ghosts hover round
dream beyond dream

Dream beyond dream
mingling with the brightest gleam.
Bell-sounds fading
into memories
like rain drops
falling into a river.

And now the bells are chiming –
a year is born.
And my heart-bell is ringing in a dawn.
But it’s shrouded things I see
dimly stride
on heart-canopied paths
to a riverside.

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

4 Responses to “New Year’s Eve Midnight by Gabriel Okara” Subscribe

  1. mashuud June 27, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

    Why? African culture, so interesting, somebody should tell me and lets enjoy it.

  2. Olawale December 5, 2018 at 6:50 am #

    Gabriel Okara, one of Africa’s very best. For me, he sits just below Chinua Achebe himself on the poetry shelf, with his descriptive power.

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