Today I celebrate
the luxurious shea.
Its substitutes, bah, inefficient!
The real thing is most beneficent.
I’d like to be an expert, but
I’ve never actually seen the nut.
Its butter, though, I just adore
and so does every sore and pore.
It makes my hair shine,
it’s quite the lifeline.
I use it in medicinal potions
and in my very best skin lotions.
Ah, Africa, of gifts bestowed
by your great heart since days of old
the shea nut on which I depend
the one I’ll treasure til the end,
more than gold or a precious jewel
for my skin, it’s essential fuel.