An Igbo poem from eastern Nigeria, consisting of a series of metaphors for the beauty and the goodness of the young lady who is being praised.
Young lady, you are
A mirror that must not go out in the sun,
A child that must not be touched by dew,
One that is dressed up in hair,
A lamp with which people find their way,
A moon that shines bright,
An eagle‐feather worn by a husband,
A straight line drawn by God.
from Igbo Traditional Verse
by Egudu & Nwoga