Black Star Shine - Cosmas Mairosi

I saw Africa shine to the drone of vuvuzelas
As eleven black stars sparkled in the soccerfields of Mzansi
Then I asked my merry fellows and the village songsters
“Tell me, why all this frenzy, why all this fancy?”
Then they said, without missing a beat
In their celebration drums
"Blow the trumpet,
the Black Stars of Ghana are doing us proud in Mzansi!"
then I took pen and paper, traced the glow of their beams
in odes of sonnet laughter and sestina glee,
the only way I know of celebrating
as Africa glows in bright Black Star shine!

"Black Star Shine" is part seven of our impromptu tribute series to the Black Stars. Though the Black Stars' run is now over, we will keep posting new poems until July 9th. If you would like to contribute a tribute poem, send it to oneghanaonevoice(at)
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