NYU Black Renaissance Noire Fall 2013 - Page 141

One Day In an argument between the son of Death & the son of Wisdom— Death’s son said the moon would surely appear the following night Wisdom’s son argued it would not The dispute continued until a bet was agreed that if the moon appeared & Wisdom’s son was wrong he would have to relinquish his use of words If the moon remained hidden the son of Death would plant an acacia tree in the name of immortality The son of Wisdom approached his father & the son of Death approached his father Wisdom told his son he could only win for one day Death warned his son to be weary of his rival’s words As the afternoon approached Wisdom taught his son this song He said he should release a giant bush rat & simultaneously spread a large black cloth as a canopy When they met by the riverbank Death’s son pursued the giant rat with relish until ensnaring it As he kindled a fire to smoke the rat Wisdom’s son continued to sing this song It was now the dead of night & the moon indeed did not appear When he returned home his father angry his son would have to plant a tree to immortality asked of the events— He knew his son was overtaken by song He said the cloth would eventually rot the veil would be revealed one day the moon would appear again 139 BLACK RENAISSANCE NOIRE He said it was necessary to hear a song— if only for the one fearless day in the month BRN-FALL-2013.indb 139 9/13/13 12:48 AM