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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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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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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