Words are not really my niche like that. I periodically go for the Ehalakasa talk parties, but I guess my appreciation for the deeper and finer African poetry and prose started when I met a young chap in Bontsetse’s room some years back in college. HIs interesting name is: Kurt ‘Kuvuki’ Woelinam Dziewornu-Norvor. Brilliant chap he is, and this piece he shared with me years ago, I share with you today. When I first read it, I felt it!
For me, it embodies that freedom, sadness and bliss that Mark Twain captured in his Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn classics.
Enjoy my favorite verses of the piece: Larry Johnson.
My name is Larry Johnson.
I have seen Shakespeare in action and danced with Lady Gaga;
but never took a cue from his satirical philosophies,
neither did (I) learn from her wild fate in elusive dreams.
Hamlet had a weakness, I have a weakness too;
I drink like a fish and stagger like a palm tree facing the Monsoon.
Who is to blame? Destiny or fate?
Contentment indeed comes from within.
You and I cannot change or control the world around us,
But we can change and control the world within us.
My Mother once said to me, if you become a soldier you will be a Major,
If you become a monk, you’ll end up as the Pope Benedict.
Instead, I became a writer and ended up as myself.
My name is Larry Johnson and I fell in love.
I believe in myself enough not to doubt my relationships or my decisions.
I am a lovable person, who gives as much love as I receive.
The truth, I never got the love I gave in return; I am scorned.
Her name is Adzo, my heart, my night and my sun.
Eve gave Adam fever and Adzo was my fever.
She saw the ignorance of my youth and I was a fool for her love.
ADZO broke my heart, shattered my dreams, yet I love her.
Today I sit on the shores of Keta and mourn; Adzo now lingers in my subconscious,
gone and never to return; Sweet Adzo, my love for you is unending.
Indeed I am still Larry Johnson but broken hearted.
Check out his other works here at his blog, and please make sure to tell him to make his blog as vim as his writing!