Saturday, August 4, 2012

Let Peace Be

When nightmares of our virulent past-
sharp knives of discord-
threaten to sever our bonds of unity,
when wars and strife
greet from the left and the right,
do not cave in, brother;
hold fast to the things that keep hope alive.
Let peace be,
let it be.

Let peace be
lo, let it be
still as the calm waters of Bosomtwi,
unperturbed as a graceful princess in her beauty sleep.
Do not stir.
Stoke no fire with your wild thoughts,
cooking strange tales of things unperceived.
Restrain yourself
from adding fuels of emotional prejudice to the destroyers’ fire,
burning our aspirations to ashes!
Be bold to quench the raging infernos stoked by single stories
and save tomorrow’s golden dreams.

Let peace be,
Please let it be!
Resist their plans to make you
the purveyor of the social gangrene.
Don’t spill out the unguarded words they feed you with
 to fester sour wounds of the dark days much like septic needles,
multiplying our pain and heightening our wail.

Yea, let us slow down on the divisive acts
that plunge Africa into perpetual wahala
and amplify the sisters’ tears many fold.
Stop acting like it’s only your brother who needs food,
let the people have their bread too
lest their fury burst like a volcanic earthquake
to smash all we’ve built over the years,
setting us back to the stone age.

Surely, it must be no complex puzzle to pursue peace
From day one nature bestowed it on us
as imprinted in our DNA .
Make no mistake about this: fairness is the key,
we can only have peace when we
Provide Equal Access to the Country’s Economy
Let it be!
Let peace be!