Respect - Julian Adomako Gyimah

Today is Tuesday the 7th day of August in the year of our lord
Today marks exactly two weeks since the fall of Comrade Mills
And today at 14:15, an extraordinary event will happen in the history of mankind
On this time birds will refuse to sing
And dogs will refuse to bark
Car engines will refuse to start
And the cock will refuse to crow
All in respect of the fallen hero Mills

The snakes will refuse to hiss
And the clouds and skies will turn black
The sun will go dark and pale
And horns will refuse to sound
Televisions will go mute
And the goats will stop bleating
All in respect of the selfless fallen comrade called Prof. Atta Mills

Musicians will lose their voices
And guitars will lose their strings
Trumpets will cease to blow
And the trees will not respond to the command of the wind
The crying scrolls will disappear
And the sound of trains will cease
All in respect to our humble President fell two weeks today

Angels in heaven will halt their singing as instructed by the Most High
All in celebration of the life of the righteous son Atta Mills
This is a sad but a historic day
A historic day that can never be seen in mankind's history
World leaders shall halt their speeches at this time as a mark of respect for Comrade Mills
Rest in Peace as the whole world goes mute at the hour of your death

We shall mention your name for generations to come
And talk about your good works far and near
We shall emulate your humility and selfless spirit
And continually pray for our enemies just as you thought us
We shall name our children after you
And name streets after your name

Rest Rest Rest in Peace Comrade Mills
Whilst we weep and mourn because of your fall
Ghana and the world unite to honour you.

Julian Adomako-Gyimah is a co-founder and associate editor at One Ghana, One Voice.

If you have a poem in memory of President Mills, please send it to us at oneghanaonevoice(at)gmail(dot)com.
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