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I woke up in Africa
and could not tell if I had ever been born. I walked
beside my ancestor in the bush and she became
a Shining Blue Kingfisher. She flew onto a branch,
turned her head, opened her pointed beak,
looked through me and flew away. I picked up a dazzling
feather and placed it in the tangle of my nappy roots.
I sucked sugar from a cane and spit out the splinters
of the middle passage. A goat said to me,
Though we all bear resemblance, we are all known by name.
I stared past the shea trees as the sun shivered.
I spoke with a sheep. She told me how the world
once ended. On that great day, she said, gun powder;
then nudged me towards the edge of the ocean, told me,
When you get to the other side, you will never be the same.