Photo © Nana Kofi Acquah. Reprinted with permission.
Efo Kofi, our father and poet is gone.
Forcefully ushered into yonder life
By brutal beasts breast-fed on bile
And hopes for virgin-infested harems.
Efo Awoonor is gone home
Taken out on a foreign land
By cowards and imbeciles
Who will never know what
It feels like to have a brain.
Efo, damirifa due.
Due. Due. Due
Nana Kofi Acquah is a long-time contributor to One Ghana, One Voice, and a prolific photographer. The above photo, taken by Nana Kofi Acquah, was so loved by Kofi Awoonor that he printed out a large version of it and displayed it in his house. You can learn more about Nana, his writing, and his photography, on his blog.
This poem is part of our series of poems in memory of Kofi Awoonor. You can learn more about Awoonor and the series here. If you have a poem in memory of Kofi Awoonor, please send it to us at oneghanaonevoice(at)gmail(dot)com.