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Kofi Anyidoho: My Song

My Song

Here
on
this
Public
Square
I
Stand

I sell My Song for those with ears to buy
It is to a tree that a bull is tied
You do not bypass the palm’s branches
to tap its wine

The things I have to say

I say them now
I shall stand aside
from those who care
to clear their throat and
dress their shame in lies

When you meet a poorly-dressed neighbour
at a great durbar
you do not spit on the ground
and roll your eyes to the skies

The umbrella I bought
You stole from my rooms at dawn
Now I walk in the early morning rain

You point at me to our young maidens
And they join you in laughter

Think
My People
Think
Think well before you laugh at those who walk in the rain.

The gifts that bestows at birth
Some had some splendid things
What was mine?
I sing. They laugh.
Still I sell My Song
for those with ears to buy

My cloth is torn, I know
But I shall learn to wear it well

My voice is hoarse, I know
But I shall learn to wear it well.

Comments»

1. edithfaalong - January 14, 2008

lovely poem sir!
you have been and will always be my inspiration.

2. julietbawa - March 16, 2008

i really enjoyed your peom it has always been ma interest to write peoms n i have written a couple of them but yours is just to inspiring i have not puplished any yet but am always afraid people might not like them

3. KWASI ADU - April 6, 2008

I’AM AN ARDENT FAN OF YOURS WHO WRITES POETRY AS A HOBBY. THIS IS A LOVELY PIECE

4. CU2011 - April 25, 2008

this is beautiful, thank you for posting it

5. Collen Masimirembwa - April 26, 2008

I have read and continue to read your poems in PraiseSong for The Land in which you merge the written word and voice. Even though my pursuits in life are in biomedical sciences, I continue to be inspired by your works. They give me a framework and hope for a life and humanity for Africa. Should I visit Ghana one day, I will seek the honour of meeting you in person and will no doubt pick a leaf of wisdom for life from you and your associates.
Today I have discovered this website, like I, by chance came across your small book of poems two years ago. I wish you and all those who research and articulate the inner struggle of mind, soul and body for our collective liberation, continued success.

6. Elorm Dogbo - May 27, 2008

l first thought the last time that i will ever read your poem was when i read them in EFUA SUTHERLAND’S TALENT FOR TOMORROW. as i got to this site, i read this lovely piece of yours, sir. it is a very great poem, sir. you have been among those i would want to look up to. or if i may not be that wrong, i thnk you are the same Mansfield C.K Anyidoho.

7. Asmaa Essadik - May 29, 2008

Hello,I m asmaa from Marocco.so,I liked your poem.You have the ability of expressing ideas and convincing others.Therefore,I really read your wok.Thank you again.

8. zahraa - May 30, 2008

Great poem sir. We have been studying it in the Universty Ibn Tofail in Morocco. I am looking for more poems of yours to read.

9. mosoti - August 30, 2008

beautiful model of what african poetry ought be!

10. Asiamah Alfred - October 7, 2008

Please i want the notes on Kofi Ayindoho poem “Go tell Jesus”

11. AGBOZO EDZORDZI GABRIEL - October 13, 2008

i am inspired by your works. i am proud to have you as my mentor. i am an upcoming poet who features on open air theatre. thanks .i will visit you these days . you are great prof. 13 oct. 2008.

12. Vicky - May 19, 2009

Hi Sir,
It’s a beautiful piece you have. Keep it up because it’s a song of inspiration for Africa as a whole.
Your Song …My Song…Our Song.

13. Philip Boakye Dua Oyinka - October 16, 2009

Efo Kofi Wahala,Anyidoho and the rest I dare not mention,I salute you; there is no border between poetry and music, but poetry is in the heaet and the song is in the pond……Nana Asaase

14. Vivian - January 7, 2010

This is a beautiful and powerfully written poem. Do you or anyone knows of a Ghanaian writer (not a famous person) or poet who can work with me for my translation class at university in U.S. I have visited Ghana, love the language of Twi and would like to translate poetry written in Twi for my translation portfolio. I can pay a small honorarium. Please give me a shout out if anyone can assist. Thanks.

15. Victus Kofi Awudi - February 12, 2010

I have been in love with Kofi Anyidoho’s poems since my early schooldays. My home village of Abor is not far away from his home village of Weta so I understand appreciably well the setting of his poem. Again most of the poems are direct translation from our ewe language and I am always trilled by the expertise with which he handles the translations. I once bought his book the Earth Child but I cannot find the book anymore. I still need it to read some more. My senior brother Efo Padmore Enyonam Agbemabiese is also following in Prof’s foot steps with some nice works such as Adzovi and others which I was able to lay my hands on from Poem Hunter.Com. Prof. you a language guru and I admire you for creativity and your ability to puts words together to create a living picture.

16. ERNEST OWUSU KWAKYE - February 15, 2010

please Ghana-Ternopil Association in Ukraine will hold the coming 6th march celebration of all those university student in Moscow,Iam please requesting if you can send to me Kofi Anyidaho’s poetry about A HARVEST OF OUR DREAMS/ELEGY FOR THE REVOLUTION.OR any other relating independent poem which can be used as acitation

17. Francis Kwaku Egu - July 23, 2010

I can’t but to aggree with all of you that Prof Anyidoho is a talented and gifted poet and a writer. i was so lucky to be under his tutelage during my days at Legon. i must say that he is not only a great poet but his is a great teacher too. i learnt a lot from him when i was his student and he has influenced me a lot as i am aspiring to be a writer too.

emmanueldogbey - December 15, 2010

I HEARD OF YOUR WONDERS THROUGH PROF. ATUKWEI OKAI DURING MY UDERGRADUATE DAYS IN 2007 IN UEW, DR. SANCHI AND PROF. PK GERALDO DESCRIBE YOU TO ME AS AM DOING MY MASTERS NOW AT UEW, BUT TODAY I KNOW YOU THROUGH THIS POEM ON THIS SITE.RECEIVE MY 21 GUN SALUTE AND LET THE ECHO REACH THE PRESENT AND FUTURE LITERATURE DIVINERS, ADIEU

18. jabulani jama - November 15, 2010

splendid piece sir!i fell in love with your work when i read ‘a harvest of our dreams’,and since then i’ve been searching for more of your works.

19. emmanueldogbey - December 15, 2010

Think well before you laugh at those who walk in the rain.

GREAT work: I salute you again”Think well before you laugh at those who walk in the rain.My cloth is torn, I know
But I shall learn to wear it well

My voice is hoarse, I know
But I shall learn to wear it well”.

20. Monarc - February 26, 2011

This is a solid poem emphasizing one’s identity, one’s inner depths, one’s Art. Solid

21. emmanuel dobey from univ. of educ. winneba ghana - February 26, 2011

since i lost my biological father; this poem daily present a new focus of advice for me. Any time i read it i see a new me and a new author.

22. doe silas - October 28, 2011

i cannot refuse to continue reading this talented poet’s poems.
He has given hope to many of us who share in the dream of using poetry as a medium of transmitting Africa’s woes to listening ears.

DOE SILAS university of Ghana

23. Eunita Maame Birago - December 6, 2011

It’s such a great poem you have here. I wish to write when my God blesses me with such words… Kudos

ISRAEL AGUDZE TORDZRO - March 21, 2012

24. ISRAEL AGUDZE TORDZRO.- March 21, 2012
Prof. I have learnt from you that A DIRTHY CLOTHE IS NOT A THORNED ONE, therefore; we cannot and must not stop persevering to achieve higher heights. Kudos.


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