Odomankoma's Drummer - Kwadwo Kwarteng


Rapid is the tapping
on the borrowed drum,
hammering a tune it learned
in Odomankoma's class of
dondo-logy.
It beats a beat with its beak
so hard and fast
the dondo cannot help
but lose pieces of itself.

Pradada-dada, tap tap
Prododo-dodo, dondo.

A rhythm unknown
to any mortal ear
but the woodpecker's,
who really knows
and understands
Odomankoma's
favourite tune.
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