Hana de Great

 

 i

Hana be horse, beautiful horse, now a mare

Ebe Sika wey dem dey bell am

Dat be de time wey she be baby horse, foal.

Dat time, ein master, de white man perh,

Wey fit dey ride am.

ii

Now, she grow; she claim ein body

She get ein own stable

Ebe dat day wey dey name am

Hana de Great, some too fit bell am Great Hana,

But de name wey she dey check paaa be

G-hana.

Ebe malapropism

Wey e sarng be personification give de metaphor

You mon sabi

Say  G-hana be morda for many.

iii

Hmmm, dem no dey talk-ooo,

Dem say dem no dey talk,

But me dier, e be ma pidgin wey adey speak

Ano dey search trouble, but ano dey dodge truf too.

G-hana be beautiful horse, kaama!

De star for ein peers

She be de standard give him siblings before-before

Amean say from de very beginning.

iv

But you see, no be say adey fraid talk-oo

Hmmm, make I whisper am give you alone.

More riders wey dey ride G-hana noh,

Dem be monkeys, abi you know dat film

But dis one no be film!

Forest monkeys, savannah monkeys:

One perh no correct for dema inside.

Why Hana-G go dey huorng for dis time?

Wey she dey owe too-oo.

 v

Wene horse get tins pas wana Hana-G?

De stable inside she dey sarf,

Check de sides den de ground say you no go spy gold,

Bauxite, diamond den tins?

Wey de sunshine too-erh?

De stable dey near sea den lakes den rivers

But Hana-G pikings, horse pikings dey terst.

Aaaba!

vi

Check Hana-G ein children dema inside

One sarf chop world horses dema Clap-P before

One sarf fit calculate how horses go fit jump

Go de air inside wey dem go land correct-correct.

E get de formula.

Pshhhhhh. No put me for trouble-oo.

As for sports?

Make you no talk.

Ano dey  yorb you people-ooo.

vii

But Hana-G now dey look dirty, haggard den cadaverous kraa

Hana-G grow wey  she mon dey rest now

She be 60-plus.

But de riders wey dey ride am noh,….

You want make a talk again?

Some dema behaviour pass monkey

Wey dey trow-trow money.

viii

Oh! Mother G-hana Horse

God has indeed blessed you

Blessed are you among horses.

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