Goddy Nana Mens

Rookie - 26 Points (August 11 1993 / Ghana)

New Year's Eve Midnight - Poem by Goddy Nana Mens

There is excitement in the air
Hearts are bubbling with joy and light
We feel the Death that is near
And we sit in wait wit smiles wide and bright.

This is the end we all wish to witness
The only Death we want to see so often
This is the time to forgive and to bless
Because a year is dead; boxed in a coffin.

This has always been our sole wish
The only resolution we would die to achieve
That we travel the time between the Ram and the Fish
That we always remain here and never leave.

As we watch the year gasp his Last
We see our pains flickering in His eyes
The dear ones that are now naught but dust
And the dreams that have long seen their demise.

So we cover the Year in His shroud
With mixed feelings of love and hate
Then we recite his elegy out loud
And light the straw to His body cremate

Into the open sea the licking flames go
Sailing away with dark memories three hundred and sixty-five days old
The wind is whispering what we already know
That we let go and face the New Year all strong and bold

With lighter hearts we await the midnight howl
The first cry of the New Born One
Desperately we wish it to cry and never yowl
So our days never dim but always have the Sun

At last the time is apt to forgive a debt
For the New Year is finally here
Now we begin another journey hoping to win the ultimate bet
'Who lives longer - Me or the Year? '


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is my rendition of the poem by Gabriel Okara. it was inspired by the coolness of one December 31st.

Comments about New Year's Eve Midnight by Goddy Nana Mens

  • Briana Mackenzei (6/8/2012 7:10:00 PM)

    like it it is so amazing this is one of my favorite poems (Report)Reply

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  • (5/16/2012 2:11:00 PM)

    sweet and intense......That is a nice one.... (Report)Reply

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  • (5/8/2012 12:23:00 PM)

    i love the last line. it reminds me of when i hold grudges on people. who lives longer? me or the year? (Report)Reply

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  • (5/5/2012 5:38:00 PM)

    The final line was absolutely fantastic! I like the poem! (Report)Reply

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  • (5/5/2012 12:54:00 PM)

    I really like it. It's a good poem. The rhyming flows well. Good job (Report)Reply

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  • (5/4/2012 8:14:00 PM)

    Like it love the ending. A great poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Valerie Dohren (5/4/2012 1:50:00 PM)

    Very good poem, well written and rhymed. (Report)Reply

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  • Vijay Sai R (5/4/2012 1:32:00 PM)

    very enterprising poem...cheers (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 4, 2012



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