Dela Bobobee

Rookie - 13 Points (Aveyime-Battor, Volta Region, Ghana)

True Origin Of The Ewes - Poem by Dela Bobobee

Some say that we come from old Tado
others say ancestral home is Notsie
but our traits point us to old Egypt
while our practices do depict Jews
in dorflefle, trekosi and homtodzo

does what we shroud now tritely aloft
secret dialects we speak in sacred shrines
do explain or not why it sounds Hebrew
on the lips of our stark illiterate priests
or a minority feared, envied this much?

if our open secrets we hide in silence
to explicate the prejudice we feel now
is our incurable idolatory from ages past
stoked the wrath of the Ancient of Days
to estrange us in pillage from the old fold?

what excuse then do we have as curators
to our perplexed progeny in strange lands
why we are demonized to whip hate sentiment
just as before the holocaust the other fold
who now look white while we look this black?

today our hearts will find serene moorings
when we look within and beyond this self
jettison taints of traditions of anachronism
keep societal ship buoyant in humane waters
at where our freedom ends starts another’s

when our affinity is seen as selfish herd
when they say Ewes only stick to Ewes
indictment of kinship, mystery and nepotism
“How many Ewes have you been nice to? ”
more fingers point at their manifest flaws

how would brothers who now sow discord
see us as heathen and themselves as gentiles
know the real story of the lost ten kingdom
that the doors of salvation will soon close
when Jews retrace steps the redeemer accept?

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 13, 2009

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