Today we celebrate this Elder
of Ghana and the world
who gave forty-five years to the United Nations,
reforming it, speaking for peace,
working tirelessly for human rights,
embodying optimism, courage,
the search for justice,
the struggle against AIDS,
and always, always diplomacy
in an era that has become uncivil.
He shared the Nobel Peace prize
with the United Nations.
Today he rests in peace,
as we speak the expression,
for our deepest losses,
but this statesman only rests
by sharing with us –
we the elders and we the youngers —
the task he lays down,
to face every challenge to peace,
that will surely come
for the world that mourns him today.