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Dear wind

As we mark the *2021 African Writers Day*, join me as we seize take the opportunity to acknowledge some of the greatest African writers in this poem—DEAR WIND.

—————*Dear Wind*————
_(To commemorate the 2021 African Writers’ Day)_

Dear wind,

If you are chanced
To see the spirits that gather to rage against me
Tell them I died before my birth
And, was born soon after my death

Tell them
I am the Great Soyinka—the Returnee
Surrounded by
The spirits of great sorcerers…

And if they ask
Why your sibling spirits died of bee stings
Tell them you met me,
Anyidoho—the cluster of bees

Tell them
Never to dare a thought of my loss
To the eroding winds,
Tell them I am Okigbo—the soul of the reincarnated priest of Idoto

Save their tears
Of fears, if they ever thought I died during
The invasion of yesteryears;
Tell them I am Awoonor—born still in the placenta & yet full of life

Tell them,
I am Atukwei—idealistic, sensitive, inspirational…
And I am Lade’
Fearless, full of passion & the bridge between the arts & the sciences!

Tell them,
Me, Ama Ata, the Saturday goddess twin,
I am Achebe
Under the protection of the earth goddess…

And, I am the Brew who has since time past,
Harvested thoughts
And woven them into fine verses to please the eyes & ears

Tell them I am Clarke
Ever learning, ever knowing, ever writing
And I am Mitsali
The messenger with accurate expression of situation…

Dear wind,
When you’re chanced to cross path
With those who remain
Awake & sing my dirges from sunshine to moonshine,

Tell them I am alive!

Tell them I am
The Laureate from the Eastern corridor of Africa;
Ngugi Wathiogo
Intuitive, enlightening & the golden body of dreams…

And if still
They are lost to the words of your tongue,

Tell them I am Senghor!
The descendants of the gods!
The consolidated spirit
Of many parts made for eternal existence—

Tell them I am African Literature!

(First published in March 2017 and revised in April 2019 and 16 October 2020)

_The poet_
*Oswald Okaitei is a multi-award-winning young Ghanaian poet/Spoken word artiste and playwright. He is currently World Poetry Director based in Ghana and is the Project Ambassador for ‘Ghana Reads!’.*

November 8, 2021

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