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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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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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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