Our Wreath to Awoonor - Oswald Okatei


Once there lived
A soul
Of poetry old
And of literary scribings

He was Williams Kofi Awoonor
And then Kofi Awoonor...
He sailed sunrises and falls
In a mortal voyage
Till this beast-foul-spelt age

His breath
Has eluded his mortal
After years of union since birth -
He is O now immortal!

So for his sake
We will remain awake
Chanting the songs
Of his worth from our tongues

We will tweet
From our tongues
Our tributes
Brewed into words and mourning songs!

We'll read
The words of his fingers
And of ours
In memory of his striving

Come in your mourning wears
Amidst your tears
You, far and near
So we mourn our fallen dear!

Awoonor, our dear
To him we mournfully present
Our wreath
Nurtured with our words!

Oswald Okatei is a Ghanaian poet.

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.

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