Two Sides of a Coin (for Mandela and Achebe, 2013)

January 13, 2024
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By James Yeku

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Friday, December 06, 2013.

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One
gleamed with tales of proverbs
that mended history

the other called history
to a dialogue with conscience

metaphors burdened with messages
mantras brimmed with morals;

two sides of a coin.
each, an inscription of dreams
fulfilled in the pages of freedom;

each, seeking a Sahara of hope
and calling a people to a festival beyond self;

Elders transformed!
Now with a commune of watching ancestors
grateful that these too lit candles in the hearts
of mortals.

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James
Yeku is a writer and academic based in Canada.

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