Featured poem: The Weaver Bird

April 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our next poem features Kofi Awoonor, a Ghanaian poet who just passed away last year. He has written a number of novels, plays, political essays, literary criticisms, and poetry. Many of his works deal with political turmoils and conflicts of Ghana, and many of his poetry borrow the language and culture of the Ewe people. He died last September at the Westgate shopping mall terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya. You can find more information about Awoonor at the Poetry Foundation.

The weaver bird built in our house

And laid its eggs on our only tree.

We did not send it away.

We watched the building of the nest

And supervised the egg-laying.

And the weaver returned in the guise of the owner.

Preaching salvation to us that owned the house.

They say it came from the west

There the storms at sea had felled the gulls

And the fishers dried their nets by lantern light.

Its sermon is the divination of ourselves

And our new horizon limits at its nest.

But we cannot join the prayers and answers of the


We look for new homes every day.

For new altars we strive to re-build

The old shrines defiled by the weaver’s excrement.


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