Poetry Was ©Dawn Minott |World Poetry Day 2023

Long before the written text

Poetry was

Before Aristotle’s Poetics

It was the reciting to memorize genealogy

To recall laws and culture

It was the verbal incantation of hymns

The elements of political, educative, spiritual ceremonies

It was the source of entertainment

The lyrics of love songs and dance of chants

It was the conveyor of prayers

The receptacle of stories and historical recall

It was the instructions for everyday living

From the Nile to the Volta River valleys

From Pyramid to Griot court writings

Long before colonial conquest

Poetry was

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