SALUTE TO OUR PALM TREES by IKEOGU-OKE

Fresh wine foams in grandpa’s cup.
It is thanks to our palm trees!

 

There’s oil in grandma’s soup.
It is thanks to them!
There’s sponge to scrub their dishes clean.
It is thanks to our palm trees!
There’s sheltering thatch above their hut.
It is thanks to them!
There’s soap, black soap, to wash their clothes.
It is thanks to our palm trees!

 

There’s also broom to sweep their home.
It is thanks to them!

 

It is thanks to our palm trees!
It is thanks to them!
Those hardy trees of many parts,
And many uses too.
 
 

– Ikeogu Oke

N/B: Illustration and music score attached.

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