You glitter than the gold
That sparkles when my uncle smiles
And show us his beautiful teeth.
You are a beautiful light
That the shadows cannot kill.

Who will see you and not blink?
A black woman of cascading hair
Whose arms are strong enough
To pound iyán that every man likes.
What shall I compare your wide hips to?
Wide like that of African women
That dance to the sea song of Yemoja.

I close my twinkling eyes
And hear the sound of your voice
As you hum and chant orin dìdún.
You speak and I am humbled—
You yawn and I am delighted.
So I blessed the heavens
For giving me a beautiful sister
Whose black beauty will cause a stir
And make the goddesses envious.

©Okunola Peace.