Amope*,

You know our many legs faithfully followed
You all the way

Now, Olu Ilu* wants us back
This, they say, is the boundary of spinsterhood

May Alaale* guide you through the troubles of a man's heart,
His mother and the many troubles
That your inlaws contain


May you birth many miracles in mortals
And these breasts, May they never refuse children
Plenty Children!

May you open doors for other young women
Who have no stead

I will joyfully weep my lines in the Ekun Iyawo*
Together with my spinster friends
Till death do you part...


Amope- A name for a young lady
Oluilu- Village Head
Alaale- He who owns the land
Ekun Iyawo- A local marriage rite

© Nelson Vincent