Tuesday, April 18, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Fwd: In Honor of Women

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From: Akwasi Aidoo <akwasi.aidoo@gmail.com>
Date: April 18, 2017 at 10:00:15 AM CDT
To: Akwasi Aidoo <akwasi.aidoo@gmail.com>
Subject: In Honor of Women

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,

"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.

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