Ghana - Yo Elena Tkebuchava

As a holiday season treat, here is a poem submitted to us by a young girl who lives in Boston, US. A few years ago, when she was eight years old, she visited the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, at which a delegation from Ghana was performing. Inspired, she wrote this poem:


Far away, on the exotic African coast,
Where the equator crosses almost,
Where lions live in park-like savanna,
Lies the beautiful country of Ghana.

The king wears robes and rings of gold,
A magnificent sight, as I have been told.
A glorious crown on his majesty’s head
Richly adorned with gems widespread.

Women carry baskets on their head,
Filled with vegetables, fruits, and bread.
Children are running in hurry to school,
Bringing chairs and desks - their tool.

Lovely songs together they gaily sing,
About daily life and many a thing.
Their graceful dance in the silent night
Enchanting as moon sheds down its light.

Your tropical climate and sandy shore,
Lake Volta, rivers, and much to explore.
I love this country, this wonderful nation
And readily share my true admiration.

Yo Elena is an 11 year old girl who was born and lives in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Yo Elena loves writing, particularly poetry and short stories. She is an avid reader, studies fine art and history, and plays the piano. Her dream is to travel all around the world and get to know different cultures and peoples.

Recently, she created a poster with her sister which she presents to the second grade students every year when study Ghana in school. She devoted the poster to her school and it is now kept on the wall of its library.

Remember to get your votes in for your favorite poem of 2008 (see below) - the voting deadline is this Thursday!
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