Dear Friends & Colleagues,
Yes, I know: two poetry emails in three days!?
Well, this is a special day. Peg Snyder (a mother-figure of mine) has just drawn my attention to the fact that Google's homepage today is in honor of an amazing African woman, Esther Afua Ocloo, who was a game-changing entrepreneur in Ghana and across the world (one of the founders of Women's World Banking). It's in celebration of what would have been her 98th birthday. How nice of you, Google!!!
I share this poem also in her honor and in celebration of all our mothers:
My Mother's Song
by akwasi aidoo
My mother's song flew
with melodies of silence
day after day through
the ceiling of the Harmattan clouds
in rainbow stitches of harmonic pleas
and fell back streaming tearloads
of naked memory.
Singing for life
A l w a y s
her notes went a long way
to the beats of our hearts like
the southern sun breaking
out through the clouded sky
except for the anguished spaces
in its ancient rhythms that said no one
but no one can tame the griotics
of this scorched earth called home.
With Love & Peace,
Akwasi--------"Freedom is like taking a bath; you have to keep taking it everyday." ~ Florynce Kennedy
"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
USA Africa Dialogue Series - Fwd: In Honor of Women
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