Tribute to Professor John Evans Atta Mills (Part 3) - Kwesi Atta Sakyi

When life’s course is run
When dutiful duty is done
When everything is said and done
You played your part
With all your heart
In the wider drama of life-
In football, hockey, swimming, you name it
In academia, politics, management, you made it

When humankind is unkind
To the gentlest of a kind
You blew us out of our mind
When national values and mores nosedive
Knights of valour emerge on the scene
To douse the flagrant flames of the obscene
Yeah, there are many evil forces unseen
Yet valiant knights on the scene are seen

Infidels, mispatriots and misanthropists thrive
Yet with velvet gloves you floored them alive
The incorrigibles, scoundrels and ruffians alike
In the political arena they fell and fled
You taught them hard lessons in soft diplomacy-
Dzi wo Fie Asem concept made them red
With humour and humility you left them bemused
As you tutored your critics and the ruffians

Now that you are gone
Who else will they gore?
You left them the legacy of your lore
Which will be recounted many many years
After you are gone
They are left bored
But one day in the future
They will read your legend of yore-
That Asomdweehene passed on
To draw the fractious factions together-
A feat that defies an encore

Kwesi Atta Sakyi is a Ghanaian poet.

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