Singing to Children

Singing Children: A Poem by Itoro Udofia: Itoro Udofia

I hear the children singing against the mourning dove’s cry They tread red earth and praise a blue sky They eat the raw cocoa They tell me it’s sweet I’ve tasted it too I say, “Too bitter to eat.” I hear them humming I’ll try to hum too I’m no longer a child But I can still stay in tune My notes scurry to run with these children of the sun They sing to me that I cry too much, singing, “Mother! Give us your teardrops. We’ll drop some in our eyes We’ll cry into the soil and help you sprout more life When you can cry no longer We’ll cry the final batch out If we do things this way There’ll be enough crying to go around One day we’ll cry less. Laugh more One day we’ll cry less. Laugh more.” Sing the children against the mourning dove’s cry They tread red earth and praise a blue sky They eat raw cocoa They tell me it’s sweet I’ve tasted it too I say, “Too bitter to eat.” I say, “Soon. Too bitter for you to eat.” Itoro Udofia resides in Northampton, MA. She is a student at Smith College and a lover of the written and performed word. She believes in the healing powers of music, performance, language and service and is a happier person because of it. She thanks her family and friends for being loving and nurturing.

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