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The heavens themselves
blaze forth the death of a Prince –   Julius Caeser, (William Shakespeare)
 

On Tuesday 24th July 2012, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Prof John Evans Ata Mills died suddenly, sending the whole country into shock and mourning. The following words poured forth from my heart in deep reflection, pain and sorrow.

Rest In Peace, Mr. President
 
Yesterday,
bloody and black
Tuesday.
The gloom
that settled
in our hearts,
too opaque
for us to see
the foreboding
tidings
that swooped
on us,
the force a
cascading
avalanche
of volcanic
magnitude.
 
Total eclipse
of our hearts
as our minds
could not grasp
the full meaning
of the dreadful news.
 
A bloody Tuesday
for our eyes
are red
and the tears
streaming down
our faces
are tears of blood,
pooling into
the blackness
and dryness
of our mouths.
we have
no appetite
for fufu.
 
Our President is no more,
Like a mighty oak
that fell
victim to the
volcanic eruption,
you fell with
a mighty boom,
the terrible roar
equaled only
by the
subsequent terrible
din of silence
 
Our President is no more.
Legal luminary,
doyen of academia,
astute statesman,
noble President,
child of our motherland,
a man
after God’s own heart.
You brought
a new meaning
to the word humility,
you served us
and demanded
not to be served.
 
Passion took on
a different cloth
under your presidency.
your compassion
was par none.
dedication to duty
and to your people
saw you out-stretching 
your limits,
even while the
dreaded C ravaged
Your noble self
 
Mr. President is no more.
You have
left us
forlorn,
bare
at the mercy
of the cruel
vicissitudes
of life.
 
And as
we reel
rave
rant
flail
and wail
we can only
boo
shame
the grey
faced phantom
For in death
You are
The Conqueror
 
Rest in Peace
Prof. John Evans Ata Mills
Rest in Peace
Mr. President
 
(C) Celestine Nudanu
24/07/12
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