Harmattan Poetry Runner-Up: Edzordzi Agbozo

Clan-root’s Demise
(To the late Komla Afeke Dumor)
By Edzordzi Agbozo

who sealed the mouth of  crocodile’s children,
Whatever prompted Kutsiami to boat you mid-duty
Blurred the diviners’ visions
And tamed the leopard-clan
Root of the clan,
They say
Crocodile children clamped you
On a gun’s noose
Watching watching
If you will shiver
As a Tuesday man of the leopard family
Your smile set fire to their dreams
So they pulled the trigger
Placed you on the dining table
For Salagatsi to feast upon
Death eats juicy hearts from our clan-house
But yours
Must appease Salagatsi’s eternal hunger
He has gone too far
Death swept too fast
Even seers were deaf to his lingo
Let death know that
It just touched a bee-gourd
With a left finger
The fire still burns
Your fire still burns

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5 thoughts on “Harmattan Poetry Runner-Up: Edzordzi Agbozo

  1. If there’s a poet, who can ably carry on the class of intensely traditional-modern poetry that Prof. Kofi Anyidoho and Prof. Kofi Awoonor are celebrated for, keeping it alive in a new era; it’s, undoubtedly, Edzordzi.

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