The sea eats the land at home by Kofi Awoonor

This poem has been getting a lot of hits over the last few months I am guessing its on a number of reading lists! Time to enjoy it again……

In addition I came across this blog post about a poem, “The sea eats our Lands” by Kwesi Brew the posts offers an interpretation and links with the Awoonor poem.

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At home the sea is in the town,
Running in and out of the cooking places,
Collecting the firewood from the hearths
And sending it back at night;
The sea eats the land at home.

It came one day at the dead of night,
Destroying the cement walls,
And carried away the fowls,
The cooking-pots and the ladles,
The sea eats the land at home;

It is a sad thing to hear the wails,
And the mourning shouts of the women,
Calling on all the gods they worship,
To protect them from the angry sea.

Aku stood outside where her cooking-pot stood,
With her two children shivering from the cold,
Her hands on her breasts,
Weeping mournfully.

Her ancestors have neglected her,
Her gods have deserted her,
It was a cold Sunday morning,
The storm was raging,
Goats and fowls were struggling in the water,
The angry water of the…

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