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Ellis Ayitey Komey: Oblivion

I want to remember the fallen palm
With whitening fluid of wine
Dripping from its hardened belly
In this forest of life.
I want to remember it from the road
With mud on my feet,
And thorn-scraped flesh
From the branches by the water.
I want to remember them well
The sight of the green-eyed forest
The jubilant voices of the frogs
And the pleading crises of the owls.
I want to walk among the palms
With their razor-edged leaves
Shadowing the yam and cassava shrubs
Under which the crab builds its castle
And the cocoa pods drooping like mother’s
Breasts feeding a hungry child.
I want to remember them all
Before they die and turn to mud
When I have gone.

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Comments»

1. Ellis Ayitey Komey - October 21, 2008

Perfectly!

2. Sylvia Ashley - April 29, 2009

classic!

3. Okpoti Klotia - May 12, 2011

Great piece!!

4. Kwaku Amaning - August 20, 2011

This is an excellent poem. Very well written, because it puts the reader in the picture. Thanks


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