The Journey Beyond

Below are lines from the poem “The Journey Beyond” by Ghanaian poet (and diplomat) Kofi Awoonor, who died from wounds sustained during the jihadist attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi.

The howling cry through door posts
carrying boiling pots
ready for the feasters.
Kutsiami the benevolent boatman;
when I come to the river shore
please ferry me across
I do not have tied in my cloth the
price of your stewardship.