“The sea eats the land at home” by Kofi Awoonor, a look at my stats reveals that this poem is a very popular post. From the information on searches I can see that the title of the poem is a common search term, I first noticed this earlier in the year.
The following is a list of thoughts and ideas that come to mind when rereading the poem.
Strong images of a coastal town in Ghana devastated by flooding.
In general the sea is a friendly neighbour washing in and out, keeping to the natural boundaries of dry land and sea, a change in season always brings the risk of a stronger current, a sea with more energy, higher waves, more volume.
I think of what is missing, a flood defence, physical and structural.
I am reminded of a school trip to the Thames barrier.
I first came across the this poem in the Penguin book of Modern African Poetry published in 1963.
In the UK currently there is the Floodline, each local authority has a flood map, areas are assigned with risk levels from floods.
I type “flooding in Ghana” into the Google search engine and find out – Flooding is still is a major problem in Ghana, the most recent floods occurred in June 2015.
What comes to mind when you read this poem?