Nkrumah At Noon

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Nkrumah At Noon


TSEGAYE GABRE-MEDHIN -Présence Africaine, Nouvelle série-
  


What shall we tell our children of you ?
Did you dare them to walk upright
Lone Ashanti son
When they turned you against yourself
And made you worship their graves ?
Did you dare them to face their faces
When they cut your spirit force
And without a grain of guilt
Brought their evils into your home ?
Did you dare them to come down to earth
And make peace with themselves first
Where they dug the womb of Ghana soil
To make bombs of Africa's milk ?
What shall we tell our children of you ?

Did you dare their endemic super ego
When they lowered your body to dust ?
They say the red man was washed out
From his own Non-Wild West,
The black aboriginal from his Australia
And the lnca from his sub-continent
For standing aloof in their ugliness.

Will Chaka come back to Zululand then ?
Will Emzilkazi ever see Zimbabwe ?
Will Tewodros rise from the highland fortress ?
Will your spirits awaken
Back into our living graves ?
Or shall we have flags to cry about,
Have names, emblems and shames,
Causes to kill-off each other about
While our innocents ever confess
To their sinners everywhere ?
And walk the arid caves of the Motherland
In the last footprints of the red man,
Our hoofs crunching on the fears
Their nightmares pit for our dreams ?
What shall we tell our children of you ?

Cunning beasts know best
How to make dogs
Out of other noblemen, Nkrumah,
And keep them only in order
That the dogs keep them above themselves
But you knew, and they cornered you
Lone son of Africa
And they knew what men are like
When they are cornered for the kill
Was it Christ who cried at Gethsemane ?
Joan of Arc who screeched at the burning stake ?
Napoleon who committed suicide at Elba ?
(And Victoria ? No, she was never cornered !)
And you, lone Ashanti son
You prayed in a hell you did not make.
What shall we tell our children of you ?


Gabre-Medhin TSEGAYE  (HOMAGE TO KWAME NKRUMAH)

TSEGAYE GABRE-MEDHIN -Présence Africaine, Nouvelle série-
 
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