Nana Baa, Mawusi*

 She occupies the white stool,

An appreciation of the dirges she sang for them,

Her voice, the lullaby in an inevitable slumber,

*Afedomesi;

who set me

on the way of songs.

He penned many a song,

Lived many a life,

Learnt many a lesson at the feet of

*Afedomesi;

who set me

on the way of songs

The voices of Ewe rest for a time,

Humming in slow unison,

Swaying in sincere remembrance for a child of

*Afedomesi;

who set me

on the way of songs

A melodious affair,

Painful only for its abrupt end,

Joyful only for the reverberations of one

*Afedomesi;

who set me

on the way of songs

A sigh on lips and catching of breath

Tell a true lesson of life,

*In our beginnings lies our journey’s end.

So says a son of Afedomesi;

who set me

on the way of songs.

 

the Doppelganger

Nana Baa, Mawusi: Grandmother, In God’s hands

Italicized: Dedication to His Grandmother, Afedomesi in Night of my blood

http://www.academia.edu/9484299/LIFE_DEATH_LIFE_AFER_LIFE_A_DE_CONSTRUCTION_OF_EWE_MYTHOLOGY_OF_DEATH_IN_FOUR_POEMS_BY_KOFI_AWOONOR

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