A Yoruba poem describing the results of a magical incantation performed to bring good fortune in life, collected by Ulli Beier.

I am waiting at the crossroads
I look to the right –
there is nothing
I look to the left –
there is nothing.
I look straight ahead –
there is silence.
I take the guinea pepper in my mouth
I recite the old incantations.
I walk a little while – I see a calabash.
I break it – there is a crown of brass.
I want to pick it – it says ‘No!
But you may ask for six things.’
I say, you crown of brass,
Let me have money,
wife,
child,
health,
victory,
let me return to try another life.

from Yoruba Poetry,
Compiled and Edited by Ulli Beier,
Cambridge University Press (1970)