On the Beaches of Elmina.

Author:Odimegwu, Ike
Position:Tributes From 2015 Conference - Poem
 
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ON THE BEACHES OF ELMINA by Ike Odimegwu That Memorable Meeting at Cape Coast, Ghana, 2009 (In honor and fond memory of Harold Isaacs) 1 On the beaches of Elmina We met and held A conference of minds A concourse of hearts A dialogue of feelings A network of lives Uniting the world In one great family 2 At the castle of Elmina We went and beheld A recall of our past Of deeds and events So awful and sad Of memories and histories That put us to shame As we vaunt and flaunt Our humanity and all 3 And oh all these Cause us to wonder The reason of reason And why it seems Always to be late When the havoc of passion The lust of greed Have had their glee And only the wreckage Is left to reason 4 And yet let none assume to judge To judge the past or the other judge For see our world is not much better Only may be as mask now better 5 If the past be only teacher With the other a fellow learner Who is wrong shall know it so Who is right shall feel it so 6 So at the resort of Elmina We celebrated change Seeking for the future Some new image Our selves the image Some new identity 7 With strokes of justice Colors of democracy With culture the artist Painting in water Ever new ever young As we have come From far and close Seeking the new in the old 8 In the halls of Elmina We chatted and charted New ways for new world From the first and the third But where is the second? No one has told 9 And yet the new world now We must seek to build In the brotherhood of the woman Who bridges and builds From our many worlds and ruins Her own unique world and home Which alone we truly desire The end alone we all aspire 10 And what a brand you thus parade ATWS, all your women! Charming ideals; brilliant models High in thought; deep in feelings Feelings of warmth, human family What a soaring depth you parade 11 In the courtyard of Elmina There we dined and wined Daring the ocean and its roaring waves With our audacious gyrations And even more audacious expressions Baring the margins Embracing the center Bursting the shackles Of ill fangled rancor To steer the ship Of nascent humanity Where first and third and all Live a shared humanity in one 12 And now deep in the heart of Africa You come, ATWS your advent first After many years around Can any world be more third? Than Africa now; the cradle and the stern That it took you this long to come 13 Thank goodness a few were here If none else to see you here And say welcome even here In the way of mothers, tender hearts In the...

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