Thursday, September 26, 2013

III. Tribute to Kofi Awoonor: Awoonor The Spirit Man Is Gone by Kwabena Agyare Yeboah


This is the third in a series of tributes dedicated to the memory of Kofi Awoonor, the poet, academic, novelist, and politician who died during the terrorist attack of the Westgate Mall in Kenya. Kwabena Agyare Yeboah, the author of this poem, is a young poet and a blogger.

ImageNations is providing a platform for people who want to pay tribute to Kofi Awoonor in the form of poems or even essays.

the night speaks of the cousins
who mat at the shore
in a howling silence

rekindling the voice of the flute
that adorns glorious dirges

Awoonor,
the day is sleeping
your sail has seen darkness
and Keta's wall is maimed

kutsiami!
ferry the eagle home

as times merge as memories
that fade journeys
into a cast eternity
on this path called home

mortals will gather tears
and trail your walk

Awoonor,
mention us to the forebearers
and sleep not on our struggles

adieu, son of the land

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