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Who Is Responsible


Forget it; forget it all,
Colonialism, Neo-colonialism, Imperialism,
They didn’t cause this fall,
Some raison d'ĂȘtre must exist,
A rationale for this I-Don’t-Careism,
Would you tell me?

Who’s to blame,
You, them, or me
For the way we are?

How do we explain
That we didn’t hear when Samuel F. Morse sent,
“What God hath wrought”?
Or when the brothers Wright took to flight,
Or that we know not from whence we came
Or to where we go?

Tell me, who is responsible?

Whom do I ask?
The excited barefooted children
Sitting under the blistering tropical sun singing,
“In the bleak mid winter…”
Or should I ask you sitting there, trying
To be like “Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat…”?

When the drums did beat,
Your feet couldn’t, wouldn’t dance,
You were lost to it all,
Adowa, Agbadza even the Kpanlogo stance,
You swayed not to home brewed rhythms;
Who is to blame?

Here, near the centre of the Earth,
Passions not actions define all factions,
Here where the Sun kisses length and breadth,
Fingers are pointed for days on end.

Who is responsible, for
That frisky Gypsy tipsy from whiskey
Or that boy high on something
Waiting for the wheel of fortune to come rolling?

What of the state of the realms?
What of you, me?
Who will guard us from ourselves?
Who will guard the guardian of the guards?

Who is responsible,
For loggolliggii logics?
Expert analysis given on all topics.

Who is responsible,
for the wasting away of years?
Does he not know,
We buy a timepiece, not time?

Whom do I ask these questions on my mind?
You, them, or me
And would I an answer ever find?

Who is responsible for what we’ve become?
A people who ask, “Who is responsible?”

*****July 20, 2007******

Adowa: Traditional Dance of the Akans
Agbadza: Trational Dance of the Ewes
Kpanlogo: Traditional Dance of the Gas
Loggolliggii: Crooked or Zig-Zag (a Ga word)

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