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GIANT OF THE GOLD COAST (a poem for Kofi) by Agatha Aduro

(for Kofi Awoonor)

GIANT. Of the Gold Coast
How shall we write your name? But in gold
Yesterday, your wiki page had no second date
You would not postpone death
Until several mornings after
Thankless errand purchased certain passage
Across the River Styx

 

GIANT. Of the Gold Coast
On what craft? Shall we place your mortal coil
Whom gold pales beside
As your blood glints on Kenyan soil
Announce to the cowardly hooded ones
To screen unworthy eyes
Lest they look upon the spot
On which your mighty person fell

 

GIANT. Of the Black race
With what pen? Shall we inscribe your elegy
Who shall distil for us unwritten words
Locked forever in your silenced mind
While Ewe mourners sing the dirge
And home awaits your return
Towering still in death, as in life…

(22nd September 2013)

 

 

 

Kofi Awoonor, poet and patriarch of African poetry passed on to our memories on September 21st, 2013 in the Westgate Mall Attack in Kenya. Across a new dawn produced here from WSJ Blog was one of his last poems. He remains an inspiration to a whole lot of poets around the world and a personal friend that I never had the good fortune to meet.
Kofi Awoonor, poet and patriarch of African poetry passed on to our memories on September 21st, 2013 in the Westgate Mall Attack in Kenya. He remains an inspiration to a whole lot of poets around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:

There’s something about this poem that got to me only after extra reads. There’s a certain deliberate disorderliness to the punctuation as confirmed by the poet later when we spoke. It shows the confusion and disorderliness that the death of the subject has brought. There are allusions here and there with imagery both local and foreign also showing the diplomat (noun) nature of Awoonor when alive. The poem simple as it is reminds one of the dirge which is quite prominent in the poetry of Kofi Awoonor. A lot more can be said but why spoil the thoughts of the poem when you can easily pick your thoughts and not have it distorted by mine? Feel free, please, to share and also drop your thoughts. Would mean a lot. Good morning world, S’

 

 

 

 

Two Poems by Kofi Awoonor (sueddie.wordpress.com)

The Elephants March – Su’eddie Vershima Agema (sueddie.wordpress.com)

Songs of Sorrow by Kofi Awoonor (sevhage.wordpress.com)

African Postman: Death of a poet (petchary.wordpress.com)

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7 thoughts on “GIANT OF THE GOLD COAST (a poem for Kofi) by Agatha Aduro

  1. I should also mention that the GIANT in black bold in itself speaks… More as you take every glance. May Kofi rest well wherever it is his spirit lies now. Amen.

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