My tongue is a pink fire
Don’t let it set your ears ablaze

A storyteller in the middle of a story.
Credits: Harold Scheub, via UW Collections

The Word, the word
Is an egg:

If it falls on the outcrop
Of a stumbling tongue

It breaks

Excerpt from the title poem in The Word is an Egg by Niyi Osundare (2002). Kraft Books, Ibadan, Nigeria.