It's the strongman's studied labor
Mining your beat, that song sung red,
The grooves you've dug, your own engraver.
It's the strong arm's studied labor
With a heartening reward to savor,
A sweetly chorus of ancient tread—
A stroking finger's studied labor
To mind your beat, your song sung red.
Uche Ogbuji was born in Calabar, Nigeria, lived in Egypt, England and elsewhere before settling near Boulder, Colorado. A computer engineer by profession, his collection Ndewo, Colorado was published in 2014 by Kelsay Books. He's editor at Kin Poetry Journal, The Nervous breakdown, founder and curator of @ColoradoPoetry Twitter.