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I'm TETTEH the MUSE // words are what i use // to your heart am like the fuse // without me you will see abuse.// Words make and unmakes // remember the 'let there be's...'

Sunday, 16 August 2015

SUMA*


             Yeeyeyee yeyee eee
Niimɛi Naamɛi eyishi wɔteŋ.
Akweley and Akuoko are the lips of the gods today.

            the leaves have seen the drink
            From the dew watered palm tree.

Alɔnte diŋ ko efooo wɔteŋ!
Our land is being cleansed
Our sins are being purged!

Wɔbole kutu wɔkpe abɔɔmli,
Wulɔmɔ has called on the gods-
Nae, Korle, Sakumo, Nsake...

The purest of humanity,
The perfected blessing from Obɔade: the twins,
carry our follies on their heads
In the gagba of forgiveness.

Oko and Akuete take steps towards Jɔɔshi,
they dance to the musical breath of the gods-
fall like logs,
Rise like smoke
With the gagba head-fixed, untouched!

               Jɛmawojii eyishi.

To the huge tree without roots,
We follow the gods, in the twins,
There, we empty our griefs of sorrows
With a sacrifice neither bought or demanded!

We return without sorrows
But a light heart to eat kpokpoi
In the full eyes of the new moon.

  ~Ŋene Tetteh Adusu Lalawiemɔ

Poet's Notes:
Ga is the language! Homowo is the festival.

Inspired by the Twin Ritual popularly known as "Akweley Suma" but originally its Hajii Ayeleyeli.

Picture @nanasirosei

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