Ghana by Air
Let the dry savannah winds
grab you by the hair
and drag you
through tough clumps
of cow-nibbled grass.
Did you see the children streak by
on bikes – two or sometimes three on the same?
Did you see the striking garments
energised by night dances?
Now the green of the forest
will sweep you across the secret
into the rich red
depths of palm nut soup.
Did you see a woman drag her husband
home by the cuff – insulting him all the way?
Did you hear the market traders
hurling prices down the street?
The lights of Accra
will confound you as you circle
houses arranged to fit
sprouting family trees.
Did you hear the blaring
horns – sometimes angry, sometimes friendly?
Did you see two lovers
heading for Labadi beach?
lift the hem
of the sea
you have reached
of the world
from The Geez (Peepal Tree, 2020), © Nii Ayikwei Parkes 2020, used by permission of the author