In Memoriam – PV Obeng #RIPObeng

Heard about the death of Victor P Osei today. Hearsay has it that he died of asthma. The number of people dying these days who matter, is heartbreakingly increasing.


In birth, all is clear
No doubt about that
In death, all is clear.
What then is ‘all‘?

Baobab tree, now dead
Once stood this tall
And green.

17-May-2014, © Sena Quashie

5 thoughts on “In Memoriam – PV Obeng #RIPObeng

  1. Hi,
    I don’t get the last line in the first stanza

    “What then is all?”

    How does it tie in with the rest of the poem? It feels as though it’s only there to help line 6 rhyme.

    I’m glad you didn’t go overly sentimental with this one, however. I hate it when elegies do that.

    • In birth and death, all is clear. The question is, what is this “all”? I’m trying ti express my confusion yet acceptance of the fact that Monsieur Victor has passed away

      • “In death, all is clear.”
        Why ask “what is this ‘all’?” if death makes “all” clear?

        Also, it may have been better if you put the ‘all’ in quotes to suggest what you were referencing.

      • I was actually quoting Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress, “It is said that in death, all things become clear.”. And yh, I think the quote will be far better. Thanks for the tip.

      • Oh…I didn’t get the Digital Fortress reference. Haven’t read that book. Yet.

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