Saddened and surprised at the sudden demise of Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng, stage name—Ebony, Graphic Online’s journalist, Zadok Kwame Gyesi has written a poem in tribute to the dancehall artist.
Titled: “To the Ebony who Reigned”, the poem talks about the vagueness of life and the pain it leaves behind.
The five stanza poem celebrates the “short lived” life of the enterprising artist.
Below is the full poem.
To the Ebony who Reigns
Life’s a mirage
Vanishes like slippery air
In the hands of those who hang on
It’s a mystery kept in the hidden deeps of the unknown
Like a bolt, it speeds in forceful conscription
Leaving the living with trails of wails.
How will I hear when my time calls
To sleep with my fathers I know I will
Young or old when I’m all done
Perilous life to live no more.
You have filled our hearts with pain
Tears have taken captive of our joys
As sorrow corrodes our laughter with agony
You indeed have stolen our Ebony
Why, why, oh why?
Is life this short
The light of grief is lit in my house
My anguished soul complaints in my heart
As brigades of mourners frequent my house
Mournful dirges and plaintive voices
Adorned in mourning apparels and sad colours.
Fare thee well
You gaiety of boldness black
You lived your dreams even if short with us
We are trapped in the valleys of sorrow
Thorns of havoc and thistles of pain
Now engulf our thoughts
You stabbed us so deep
It was least expected
For our high hopes, you replaced with grief
Strangers we remain in this world mysterious
Fare thee well, you loved one, our Ebony!