Our Togolese friend Douté is one of those people you meet by chance, and then he changes your life, enriches it in ways he could never know. He is an honorable, admirable man.
He recently sent Norm this poem, and we felt honored. His native language is Ewe and he learned French in school. But he wrote this in English, which is in itself an amazing feat.
A new heaven opened.
A free channel is plotted.
Your generosity is rewarded.
Yes, we reap what you sow.
Such is life –
All good things
Did not last long.
Go, go, your mind into your hands
On the paths of life.
The humble hearts listen to you.
You will be the one whose courage
Changes the major difficulties,
At the top of the history of peoples.
A clear path is traced;
To you is opened
A new heaven.
Go, go, free your fate.