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To My Uncle Tarkwa Atta – A Tribute (28)

Lately,

I have been

pondering

this sacrilegious

madness

of those

whose fathers

usurped

our freedom

and peace of mind

and the rule

of law and

justice and

the memories

of our forefathers,

who would now

have our memories

of their crooked

and wayward

ways

whitewashed and

permanently etched

into our

traumatized

souls…

who would be

knighted into

sainthood

and morph into

our heroes

and gods…

and I am not

the least bit

amused;

and I am

incontinently

peeved;

and I am

irreparably

contused…

I shall not

be appeased –

alas,

I am thinking

of the facile

and abject

mockery to which

patriotism and

yeomanry

have been

reduced…

thus a Bernasko

does not measure

up to scale,

while a Rawlings,

Mills and

Mahama handily

dwarf the same –

a Danquah,

a Grant

an Adjei and

an Obetsebi

may not even

dare to try…

in this era of

thuggish decadence

mediocrity

is the new template

of excellence,

in which victims

plead guilty

to fanning flames

of tyranny,

and dead tyrants

and derelicts

are worshipped

as our

new Messiahs…

I am thinking of

our upended

priorities and

the suicide watch

on which

we have placed

ourselves,

lest our eyes

and minds

be open

to self-love

and pride…

lately,

I have been

pondering

this morbid obsession

with foreign

culture

technology

and labor,

and the sorry

stories they tell

about our garbled

sense of

identity

nationality

and

incurable

diffidence

to the world

abroad –

I have been thinking

around the clock

and beyond

about what we

can do to

restore

our faith in

the diligent use

of our minds

and limbs,

our love for

dignity and

honesty and

sacrifice…

yes,

lately,

I have been pondering

this quite inscrutable

burden of

blackness and

obstinate

backwardness

and our curious flair

for mutual animus

and collective

self-destruction…

and I am not

the least bit

amused –

8/9/12

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