Treasure Island

Jasmine Fafanyo Awagah

(6th September 1994 / Accra)

A Tale About This Name

(This is a poem in a dialogue form between two people)

J: I have a tale to tell. A tale that made me rise after I fell, my name is Jasmine everyone calls me J
E: I have a tale to tell. A tale that gave me strength and made me well, my name is Emmanuel.
Everyone calls me E.
J: This tale is about this name
E: Which name?
J: This name
E: This name that saved me from the claws of heartbreak. Is this the name you talk of?
J: Yes, it is this name, sweeter than the fragrance of rose
and for this name soothing songs I will compose
E: On my heart, this name will never erode
because all tears I shed, this name made them corrode
J: The bearer of this name is beautiful beyond imagination
The bearer of this name has beauty dominant beyond recognition
E: There is no other than the bearer of this name in my life
This name has passed the depths of my heart faster and sharper than a knife
P: This name made me see something brighter than light
E: When I was cornered this name made me honored even though everything was chronic, more than
J: When I was crying this name got me smiling even though going through the pain was a hectic day
E: Apart from this name I know no other
J: Apart from this name I want no other
E: Without this name I am nothing
J: Without this name I am something
E: What is that thing you are without this name? Get it mentioned
J: The only thing I am without this name is dead! You heard it mentioned
E: This name has touched my heart and made it soft, to me it is dear and needs all my care
J: You have no idea, this name has made my heart softer than something you feel, I call it air
E: This name is here
J: Where?
E: In my heart
J: And this name is there, in your heart.
This name carries my troubles away on a cart
For this name I will take off my clothes and lay them as mat,
For this name I will …
E: J!
J: What E?
E: This name is making you insane
J: No! You are wrong because for this name I am already insane
E: But you can’t!
J: Why can’t I?
E: Because I am in love with this name
J: So am I
E: But we can’t fall in love wuth one person
J: It is possible because this name is True Love
E: Yes this name to me is more than an angel from above
J: This name is truth and power for me
E: This name is too much to describe, there are not enough words in the world for me
J: What is this name?
E: No! Who is this name?
J: You tell me then
E: This name is J
J: Hahahaha, That’s funny
E: Why?
J: Cos you just mentioned my name. Ok then I will also say this name is E
E: I mentioned your name and you mine, hahaha, this name is us (S)
J: (Laughs) This name is you (U)
E: No, I mean it! this name is us (S)
J: What we are doing is so absurd
E: I think you are right, If that is the case let’s leave this name unheard
J: WAIT! It is not absurd, this name has been heard
E: Yes, If you are just trying to rhyme I would say the bearer of this name his beard.
OK, I get it
J and E: This name is Jesus.

Submitted: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Edited: Friday, October 25, 2013

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