African Poems

Oral Poetry from Africa

Riddles – A black woman with a nasty temper

Debbo baleejo metta-hakkiiloojo.
A black woman with a nasty temper.

from Oral Poetry from Africa (1984),
Compiled by Jack Mapanje and Landeg White


Riddles – Going they talk much, coming back they keep silent.


Riddles – It goes outside, it does not cross the threshold.

African Poems