A Dream

Last night I dreamt about the sea. 

Its waves so strong, it roared like a mob.

The sea overstepped its shores

And landed on a rocky Island.

I saw a lot of people including kids.

They were having fun in the water.

It looked like a vacation or something.

But some people also seemed like workers.

The water entered a glass building nearby

But nobody seemed alarmed, least of all me.

The strong waves was rather fun to watch.

I was fully dressed but when I looked down

I saw that my feet were buried in blue foamy water.

It felt very cold, then everything receded and

Lo, I’m awake.

Africa, my Africa

We want to go and
See what’s happening
In the underworld.
Perhaps the gods and
Ancestors know why.
We ran and ran and
When our feet refused to
Go, we saw that we were
Back in whitey’s chains –
In the oppressor’s talons.
Africa cries for a liberator.
How can her children go
Hungry when she has
Fertile land? How can she
Be poor when she has gold?
Nkrumah said revolutionary
Path will bring freedom but
Who will fight for us?
No one wanted to fight.
Whitey’s dollar is working.
Lumumba is gone.
Sankara is gone.
Madiba is gone.
Nyerere is gone.
Kenyatta is also gone.
And so is great Nkrumah.
Heroes die soon and
The clowns live long.
But Africa, my Africa is not
What is shown the world.
My Africa will rise…again.

Go Where They Need You (2)

If you build houses

Go where there is homelessness.

If you are a healer

Go where there is illness.

If you can teach

Go where there is ignorance.

If you can preach

Go where there is immorality.

If you can lead

Go where there is indiscipline.

If you can sing

Go where there is despair.

If you are rich

Go where people are weak.

If you build bridges

Go where the rivers are.

If you write

Go where there is no truth.

 

(a repost from 2013)

A Letter To The Nihilists

I pray brethren.

Do not be conformed to this fallen world.

But be ye transformed by the renewal of your minds.

Wherefore many years ago there was a great spark.

Which brought forth life from the non-living.

This spark, the burning flame, we call life –

It belongs to an owner.

Tortoises and snails from stones, and serpents from reeds.

And from leaves, came flying creatures.

 

Unless one sees oneself as an integral part of the whole

One can never find meaning.

Despair in something is better than belief in nothing.

For with the former, there is always a destination and

Something from which the conscious self can seek repose.

Be ye, therefore, submissive brethren, to your inner selves –

To your owner – one who is and knows all but cannot be known.

What is in oneself, indeed, is greater than what is in this world.

 

(Originally written in 2014.)

Run To Sea

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The monster which one has fought

Is that which one will continue to fight –

If one remains true to oneself.

But you may run to sea if the monster appears again.

Run to sea – bury yourself in the sand –

The cold sand.

Let the brine sweep over you.

And inhale the sweet breeze.

After which you may go back home.

And I guarantee you will feel better.

A lone time spent at seaside is never wasted.

A Bird

If I was a bird, I will

sing for those in despair.

I will fly high into the heavens and

 

send a petition to the gods.

Perhaps I will build my nest high

up in the midst of twigs and enjoy peace.

 

O, wind of the heavens,

redeem all venomous serpents

who dare the falcon’s flight.

 

And grant wings, I pray thee,

to those poor flightless rats

Who suffer the serpent’s wrath.

 

© 2014. Tawia Tsekumah.

 

Give Thanks To Mother Nature

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O, Mother Nature,

Thank you for your

Guidance and protection.

You have fed us throughout

Last year with gifts of fruits

And tubers and cereals and fishes.

 

And sunlight and the rivers.

You have done your best

To preserve our life.

As this year begins,

Make me more patient

And less obstinate.

 

More kind and

Less selective.

More discerning

And less presumptuous.

Help me to improve my arguments

Even when in possession of truth.

 

Take charge of my life.

And lead me to the

Fulfilment of my destiny.

Thank you O, eternal Universe,

For the protection

And guidance you

Give all of us.