Recorded by LÉON G. DAMAS

Translated from the French by MIRIAM KOSHLAND
from the Baronga, Mozambique
Deny me everything I want of you, beauty
Deny me your body as much as you like,
Refuse it!
The corn your people cat is human eyes
The cups from which your people drink are human skulls
The potatoes your people roast in the fire are human fingers.
Refuse me as much as you like,
Deny me everything as much as you want,
No one but me would be willing to have you!