Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sankofa


 

Forgetting soil and tongue
Is the worst thing you can do said the Mama of the family,
The soil is your life,
The soil brings you to life,
The soil under your shoeless feet
Feels the thump of the drum beat
It speaks to you
The earth throbs with every step you take
My daughter, never forget the land of your birth
Nor the language of your mother tongue.
Keep speaking your mothers language,
The one you heard when you were born.   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Communicate with the earth in the language of your birth,
Return back from where you came,
Sankofa
Return and cling to the traditions of your existence,
Sankofa
Till the land and plant the corn
Forget those shoes that are worn
Sankofa
Go back to the earth
speak to it
I have returned
To speak to the land of my birth

(c) Mariska Taylor Darko 2019


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