African Poems

Oral Poetry from Africa

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Her Lover

A love song from Somalia.

Oh, you are like a kilt which a young dandy set out to choose,
Oh, you are like a costly ring for which thousands were paid


Ten separate love songs from Somalia. Balwo means ‘sorrow’, and the subject of this type of song is invariably unhappy love which is described briefly in striking and unusual images. These songs are immensely popular in Somalia and are regarded by some as blasphemous.

Woman, lovely as lightning at dawn,
Speak to me once even.

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