PEACE, LOVE AND HAPPINESS
Egbé lifted me up and away,
down the tunnels of clouds
and we alighted inside the ground
a million years and a thousand days
below the level of my house.
“Browse,” Àjà said, “read the entries.
All the letters of Time
are written in there already,
all in the past tense
so that tomorrow is yesterday.”
Me: I only want the entry
for the Year 2021, to view its fate.
Egbé: Easy; look under the Year 2021
and read out loud what the heading says.
Me: It says, LOVE, PEACE AND HAPPINESS:
it will be better than 2020.
***The title of my last painting in 2020 is, therefore, “Love, Peace and Happiness.”
It is from the Odu for 2021, from Ìká Ọ̀wọ́nrín.
Àjòjì ò gbọdọ̀ mẹsẹ̀ ilẹ̀;
Pábí, bájòjì mẹṣẹ̀ ilẹ̀
Ọsán a já;
Bájòjì mẹsẹ̀ ilẹ̀
Wọn a dàlúrú
The alien must not know the history of the land
Snap, when the alien learns the history of the land
The bowstring will break
when the alien learns the history of the land
they destroy the land.
***It is from that Ifa message that appeared for 2021, that I did the painting “Love, Peace and Happiness” as the Odu for 2021.