matt's poetry pocketbook:
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Two Bambara praises for the Crowned Crane

Crowned crane
Crowned crane powerful
Wordy bird
Crowned crane beautiful
In with creation
Voice is your gift, Nguma
Speak the word, bend it
Both the drum and stick to beat it.
What you speak is clearly said
Poet of poets, even your tree deserves a poem.
Speaking of birds, you are the birdest
For some, big head small beak
For some, big beak small head
But for you yourself, Nguma
So the Creator crowned you.

The beginning of beginning rhythm
Is speech of the crowned crane.
The crowned crane says "I speak."
The word is beauty.

First praise adapted to English by matt