Abla Dzifa Gomashie: The sea brought me to my knees

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Abla Dzifa Gomashie, MP for Ketu South
Abla Dzifa Gomashie, MP for Ketu South

I was born by the sea where grand father gave birth to my father. I was named by grandfather. I took his height. I took his skills. I was a fisherman.

I was born by the sea where grand mother fried fish and smoked fish. I grew up to enjoy the delicacies the sea gave grand father and grand mother skillfully cooked.

I was born by the sea where the roar of the waves was in rhythm with my heartbeat through the umbilical cord. The sea and I had a bond. The sea and I knew each other.

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I was born by the sea where father and mother continued where grand father and grand mother kicked the bucket. Father and Mother became grand father and grand mother, and I became father and she mother.

I was born by the sea where everyone knew everyone and everyone saw grand father in me more than they saw him in father. I mastered the skills passed on by grandfather. No one could row a canoe better than I.

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I was born by the sea where I took pride in the height of grand father and I. Grand father and I were as tall as the waves and we were triplets or so I thought till grand father joined the ancestors and father became as old as the canoe and stayed home.

I was born by the sea where I was king only till yesterday. Yesterday came and whispered that the sea was with grand father and I was reduced in height. The sea stopped beating in rhythm with me and betrayed me with a violent kiss that tore my heart to pieces and left me broken.

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I was born by the sea where I called home till the sea chose to turn away from me leaving me homeless. I am on my knees where the sea has brought me searching for the umbilical cord to return to the ancestors where the sea can hurt me no more.  adg(C)2021

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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