All like the dews, glossy,
Shines of beauty on the brows
Of the earth;
Beauty knows no bounds


Footprints of beauty,
Skinned, stained,
With blood, with mire,
From the waves
Of the parched earth

Beauty, scorched, frees itself
And recoils back to earth,
Its primordial source.
All. Recoils.
Back. To dust!

Chukwujekwu Adolphus Nweke is a poet, playwright, researcher and graduate of the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His articles have been published in scholarly journals and some national dailies.