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Just before Dawn
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By Nnabuchi Akpeh
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Just Before Dawn


Out I crept
To keep a date
with nature
Where destiny awaited

There they were
Two shimmering golden yellows
Each punctured by
a speck of nite

Seconds . . . minutes
They assumed form
Head . . . lips
Frontal mounds . . . limbs

Lust . . .
I gazed
With fear and wonder

Arms became wings
Fangs exposed
Claws six inches
Eating up the distance
Towards a dreaded encounter

Flight to safety
My limbs refused to obey

Rigid? . . . flappy??
Dripping hot liquid???
It was just a nightmare

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Submitted: Sunday, August 1, 2004

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

About the Poet
A recent graduate of the University of Ibadan College of Medicine, Nigeria. This young physician started writing as way of expressing himself but then found peace in committing his innermost thoughts to paper . . .

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