The Dotted Semibreve

When you get to the king’s palace

My brother

Whenever you get the chance to sit and dine with the king

Do not raise your shoulders so high,

So high above the level of your head

Do not ask him for too many favours

Do not stir up old quarrels

Never should you reflect upon the past bone of contention;

Remember all those who helped you-

Those who introduced you to the king

And his cohorts

Do not eat hastily

Nor drink noisily

In the presence of the princes

Uphold your beautiful, courageous character;

Do not deflower the young princess there

Do not stand or leave the presence of the king

With crumpled shirts or an unkempt bow-tie

Many lives have been lost before you gained acceptance

And recognition to stay in that glamorous palace-

It sounds though like Pyrrhic victory in my ears:

Our gains do not outweigh our losses.

May we sing the glad song of Moses?

I shall be consoled by the long stretch

Of the dotted semibreve.


Written by Ebenezer K N Baiden- Amissah
P O Box KN 1254, Legon, Accra.
Telephone 0245310380/0201257024

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