Sunday, May 1, 2016

Triplets, Unbound Memories: Ancestral Call--By Nana Arhin Tsiwah--Ghana

Triplets, Unbound Memories: Ancestral Call

on this hot nipples of poetry
we hold our stretched lips
like the Nile drowned
by the Volta

on every noon
after our fathers' sweat pour
we beat the drums
with our sweaty palms
that perhaps yester-memories
might wake from palm nut soup

this was the lord's will
the ancestors' prayers
that our mortality
shall kiss the lips
of these memories

Nana Arhin Tsiwah, a linguist-performist, disciple of Africanism-consciousness & student of 'Akanism' is the author and co-author of two poetry collections: Dead Epistles and Palm Leaves. Nana doubles as the chief-linguist in the Africanism Poetry Movement, "The Village Thinkers" and African Poetry Editor for Lunaris Review, Ghana & Nigeria Respectively. He writes from Cape Coast, Ghana.


  1. Nana,
    Great poem! Welcome to Whispers!
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  2. Very emotional and beautifully put together. Welcome to Whispers and thanks for sharing your writing talent. Robert

  3. Dear Nana,

    This powerful poem with its cultural elements was a joy to publish today. I'm glad to see you already have two comments on your wonderful piece. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent here. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.


  4. outstanding - wonderful imagery

  5. just love this - a big welcome to Whispers

  6. Thank you for this powerful poem. Welcome to Whispers.

  7. Nice poem, Nana. It is filled with rich history and insight. I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing and welcome to Whispers. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  8. Thanks wonderful poets inside here. Its heartwarming reading your feedback here. Ghana and Africa poetics salute you.