Poems of the Week

Ghana, Gandhi, Gone

by Nora Jay

“Statue of ‘racist’ Gandhi removed from University of Ghana”—The Guardian

They’re finished with Gandhi in Ghana:
His statue’s been razed from its place,
To punish the sainted Brahmana
For nasty remarks about race.

In Oxford, meanwhile, he’s still dandy:
As fondness for empire implodes,
The students want statues of Gandhi
Instead of the statues of Rhodes.

Sic gloria transit humana.
But could we just ask, ere we chop,
Are they sore about Cecil in Ghana?
Or is there a chance of a swap?