‘Words in March’ at Poetry Nites with the Rainmakers


Don’t you find it quite coincidental, even to the barest minimum, that rain would try to disrupt a somewhat eponymously named open mic event, Poetry Nites with the Rainmakers?

I mean…if it should rain every first Saturday of every month (even in the dry season) wouldn’t that be a rather punning and crude version of nature’s joke on people who gather on such Saturday nights to share poetry?

And it has, in the past, led to one of such nights being cancelled, sometime last year–June 2015, if my memory serves me right.

Anyway…

When hopes are fervently set
on a day such as this.
But nature seems to conspire
against all the right plans made.

When the rains wait, awhile,
just in time to rain down on
such an open mic gathering,
attempting
to force
your will
and enthusiasm
to close for the day,
even before the day’s end
as the night begins.

Would you laugh it off and say,
‘Ha, what a joke!’

Or would you perceive it as
nature’s way of testing
how much serious you are
about making this night happen,
about walking up to the mic
just so you can share
all these lines you’ve qwertied down
expressing them through the amplifier,
these words in March…

[6/3/2016; 1359hrs to 1411hrs]

I can’t say I didn’t enjoy yesterday’s open mic night at Poetry Nites with the Rainmakers.
Right from the discussion about accent and identity and inferiority complex right to Robin Huws with his usual and awesome singing with a guitar.

Though I do not remember everyone’s performance particularly I do remember how the night made me feel: it felt wonderfully nice.

I think I enjoyed Chessed’s two performances the most; unintentionally mixing humour with the way he placed his lines. Throwing us in an uproar of laughter yet left us thinking.

Nii Ashale did great also with his performance titled “Being Average”.
Quamenah and Daniel (his first time
performing) all did great. . . everyone actually did.

At the end of the night, since it was the eve of Ghana’s 59th Independence anniversary, I believe Paul (a.k.a. 100%) saw it befitting, I believe, to add a good note about how we as Ghanaians should begin to cultivate an air of positivity in spite of all the relatively hard times in Ghana for some months now. I do agree with him, because even though I believe we should complain (protest–not limited to demonstration on the streets) about bad mismanagement of the country which has been attempted to be portrayed as good, I also believe in not remaining in that phase of complaints. It begins to become better by being positive and doing positive.

Wishing every Ghanaian a good 59th Independence Day anniversary.

If we seek to make this nation great and properly managed it begins with many positive things happening simultaneously, but most importantly it begins with you and I, y(our) positivity–in thoughts, words and actions.

•scribere est agere•

1 Comment

  1. Akua said,

    May 13, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    You did say it was being put on by Rainmakers abi? Then why are you surprised when it rains? *big eyes*


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