By: Nana Arhin Tsiwah

wpid-millsgrave.jpgWhen a sitting president dies
A nation is thrown into solemness.

When a nation is of the death of a sitting president
Then the land of the ancestors has calleth.

When a sitting president dies
Then a season of darkness clads her citizenry.

When ‘Asaase Efua’ opens her mouth to swallow a sitting president
Then a nation is sting to bitter wailing.

When a sitting president dies
Then thousands of clouds of sorrow engulfs a nation.

What a demise!
A bulletin calleth.

Our heart is heavy
Another headline.

Our souls are drenched
A radio talks.

When a sitting president dies
Nations try to console.

When a sitting president dies
Smoke of presidential motorcades leaves the exhaust pipes.

A nation in quick reasoning
A nation on a midnight of constitutional sanctity and adherence.

When a sitting president dies
Thunders walk on skies of a weeping nation.

When a sitting president dies
The true colour his people is revealed.

When a sitting president dies
A nation then bows in whyism.

When a sitting president dies
A nation’s vision then dims.

When a sitting president dies
A nation then wakes from her fantasies.

Sometimes in the demise
The nation unites.

In the sadness
That factions are brought together.

It is in the tale
That opposition takes position.

It is in the tragedy
That frictions inflict not.

When a sitting president dies
Then words seem to be a common artistic tool for all.

Painting the moment with words becomes a norm
But sentiments becomes hard to express for the times ahead.

When a sitting president dies
There then a desire to see a united nation surge.

When a sitting president dies
Then a nation is sunk in the turmoil of setback.

I pray no death for a sitting president
I sing no dirge in anticipation of a sitting president’s demise.

For a father of a nation to die
Brings forth thousands of gallons of innocent tears.

I pray
I pour libation.

To let death reverse her coldness
Fate on a sitting president.

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