On the matter of where we come from,
If you say:
We rained from the firmament,
I’ll tell you that you are right.
If you say meteoroids are mamas,
I’ll agree wholeheartedly.
Should you decide to state
That we are offspring of the oceans,
You won’t be too far from the truth;
And if you tell me
We come from this soil on which we stand,
I’ll never disagree.
You will also be right to declare:
“We are descendants of evolved apes!”
…and I will bring our discourse to a close
by adding one tiny detail,
a detail as small as a grain of salt,
Which may or may not be relevant to you…
…for I feel it is important to note
That grains of salt were capsules for our seas
From which our lives have come to be.
Mercy Ananeh-Frempong is a development consultant and technical/copy editor from Ghana, currently living in Cambodia, Southeast Asia. Mercy’s poems have been published in two anthologies by The Writers’ Project of Ghana: Look where you have gone to sit and According to sources. She tweets at @mersy711 and blogs at thegriffinsinkpot.tumblr.com.