To Kumi DuBois

My son,
you whose name is engraved on a white leaf
that sails on heavenly waters…
The river gods come with a bottle of schnapps
They say our ancestors have seen great things in you
And want to harvest your greatness
I humbly accept on your behalf.
Come,
Sit by me
Pour yourself a calabash of palm wine
And let’s talk like two men with grey hairs
Our elders say-
That which is in the father, is also in the son;
They said right.
My pride in you is of a kind
Oh, I remember the literary feast on Mampong Mountains
when you were born
It was the day the rain broke the virginity of a rainless season
And ‘nsa fufuo’ and ‘atadwe’ were served from house to house,
Shrine to shrine.
You brought us the joy we only saw in distant dreams
Once again, I am proud of you.
Two farm days ago,
We heard your voice thundering in the airwaves
We sat on stools under the Wawa tree adjacent our hut-
There were five of us
And we drank three foreign beers and two local gins as a mark of honor
to you, my son, who spoke the white man’s language
Today,
I outdoor you to the winds,
To the skies and clouds
To the seas
To the forest green grasses, shrubs and trees
To every creature that has life
And to the dead whose souls live amongst us…
May Okokroko bless your hands
And fill your head with wisdom
May you wear your father’s gallantry
For you are the budding griot
The world shall see
And fall to your feet

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