playing in the atlantic - Van G. Garrett/Fui Koshi


i renamed the ocean aya:
her indomitable spirit moved me
as she resounded in my ears
like chants bouncing on the coast
where those with and without my okra name
progressed in my likeness and greeted me
dashing       gifts       smiles       handshakes
as if we have walked africa’s paths together before


The photo, "Coasting", is © 2008 Van G. Garrett.

4 comments:

Prince Mensah said...

Thank you, Kafui, for a literal snap shot of our beloved land. The promise of poetry in our land is so alive in our proverbs, culture and history. I am happy that you have digested the necessary ingredients to appreciate every Ghanaian culture. Welcome to the land of your ancestors. We seek to keep our dreams alive by the wisdom of our general experience. Your poem is a breeze that loses not its original freshness. I hope our other brethren in diaspora will get a chance to update on their consciousness about the motherland.

Mike said...

wow, that's beautiful, man. I'm glad you're doing what you love, following your passion. That's totally following God's will.

Anonymous said...

Van,

I was delighted that you chose to share your experience with me. I hope to one day have a very similar experience as the one that you described.

Take Care,
-Opera

Foster Toppar said...

hello Van,
I appreciate the fact that you are conveying the works of the beauty of Africa and for that matter Ghana in your thought provoking lyrics. The key to every country's progress is the power of its poets like us to present the structures as they are with much decorations in prolific trends.