Treasure Island

Kweku Atta Crayon

(17th October,1990 / Prestea-Western Region of Ghana)

The River Too Drinks


Frimpomah
Sits at the bank of Ankobra
Her head planted in her palms
Eyesfeeding the river with tears
And Ankobra drinks with no fears

Frimpomah sings a dirge
'You them boys swimming
You them girls fetching
You them women washing
If you see my mother, tell her I wait for her body.' 2x

Dufia, do me no pity
Cry me no more
Go tell Nana Brago
We came fetching
She dived for a swim
I watched with eyes screaming
and my bones crying
whiles Ankobra ate and drunk her

The home is no longer home
The hen will greet bad morning
the Oracle will speak
Today the gods have taken one of their own.

Tell Nana brago
her daughter drowned
my mother is dead.

Submitted: Friday, November 08, 2013
Edited: Friday, November 08, 2013

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