One of the people who died in Nairobi in the attack on the Westgate mall was Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor. The New Yorker published this tribute.
One of Awoonor's best-known poems is, appropriately, called "Songs of Sorrow." Here is part of it:
"Returning is not possible
And going forward is a great difficulty
The affairs of this world are like the chameleon faeces
Into which I have stepped..."
Going forward is a great difficulty in a world where such things can happen, and chameleon faeces seems a pretty accurate comparison, some days.
You can read the rest of the poem here.
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