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To Yemaya - On the Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade 2007

Isabel Adonis


I remember so well the time when you are about to be born in early June of 1991. The days are hot, as hot as the summer is. A small group of ducks is playing together in the river behind our home. I am watching them. I am watching them for a long time. As I watch them I feel delight, I feel joy. The river is low. No more than what seems like a trickle of water runs under the bridge. Stones and pieces of slate are exposed. I watch the colours in the drying slate.

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JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. ISSN: 1530-5686 (online).
Editors: Nkiru Nzegwu; Book Editor: Mary Dillard.

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