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Poetry

Kigali

Andrew Soye

Hope and despair? Let me show you
the Anglican cathedral where they are
celebrating the wedding; the concrete floor,
the burnt-brick walls decorated with flowers,
guests in their places, dressed in their best
clothes, fanning themselves with their hymnals,
mopping their brows, beneath the rough-sawn
rafters of a rusted, corrugated iron roof.

And the sparrowhawk that flew in through
one of the unglazed windows as the couple
were making their vows, now perched
with its prey directly above the altar;
feathers falling through sunlight like blessing,
like slow-motion confetti, like snow.

 

Andrew Soye