Saturday, June 18, 2011

This is My Country

Moving through the streets
Accra Poly to Arena
On stark cold pavement
Infront of padlocked barricaded stores
A neat line of bodies wrapped in cloth
Thin sheath cloths providing little protection
Against malaria mosquitoes, blight cold air

this is my country

I am reminded of times of old
Scurrying to Post Office
Across Makola School of Law, groups of young men
Wafting through noses, wisp strains of smoke of hemp
With mouths as incinerators

This is my country

Today I saw an arm wrapped protectively around a small form
That arm conveyed peace, safety

This is my country

A man sleeps on a 'trock' (pronounced the Ga way) in-front of a shop
Sleep man, you know not what tomorrow brings.
Take heart man; sleep

This is My Country

Rain, be at bay tonight
Mensima knows not where mama is
Wofa K came for mama again
Maybe she will come tomorrow
And not two days late like last time


Holding a wake?
For the dead?
Forget not the living
Hold a wake for us
Then hold wakes no more



Alovelydai said...

"Sleep man, you know not what tomorrow brings.
Take heart; sleep"

This speaks volumes.

seye said...

I love the 'trock' part. Lol. Truck or trock, we call it trock here, Ghanaian lady!

Wondering what I would write if I did a 'This is my country'

Tetekai said...

@Alovelydai: :)

Tetekai said...

@seye: You could. :)

DIDI said...

Sleep man, you know not what tomorrow brings...I Love this Part. Nice Poem..Thanks for finding my blog. :). Stalking yours too.