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.