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The Mesh by Kwesi Brew

We have come to the cross-roads
And I must either leave or come with you.
I lingered over the choice
But in the darkness of my doubts
You lifted the lamp of love
And I saw in your face
The road that I should take.

 

There aren’t that many love poems in classic African poetry anthologies. That’s probably why I cherish this poem so much, apart from the fact that it is plain and simply beautiful. Kwesi Brew, a Ghanaian poet who wrote from the 60s all the way up to the mid-90s, is one of my favorite African poets. “The Mesh” is a poem that for all its littleness is so powerful. Happy Valentines to all the britlers out there. Thanks for your support. 

 

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

2 Responses to “#africanvalentine: Love Poem by Kwesi Brew” Subscribe

  1. joshua March 25, 2015 at 4:11 am #

    This poem is interesting

  2. ASIRU SUKURAT February 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

    this poem is so touching,i heard it from one of our writers at the residency,i realy love and enjoy it.

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