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ROLLING BACK THE TEARS

I sit in awe My heart is sore My life is not in the fore Everything is a bore   But fingers point at me Ancestral fingers I cannot see Societal fingers with huge eyes glare All saying one thing “Men do not cry”   I have no dime This sharpness in my guts, I […]

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WHIP ME, OH LIFE.

Baby steps develops into big steps I sat before I crawled Crawled before I stood Stood before I walked Walked before I ran So it will be perfect with time Yes, no matter the situation now The same walls that laugh will look upon me with such reverence The same fear in my heart peeping […]

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SELF QUESTIONING

A new day What must I do to push myself forward in this hungry life? A life where hopelessness is attractive in its own right A life where the footsteps of rain bring sluggishness A life where money speaks and walks as it likes A life where masters and money makers are the servants A […]

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ASIBI THE WORKING WITCH (NOT A DRAMA, NOT A POEM, JUST A HAPPENING)

“She was a witch from her childhood While the girls played She coveted the boys’ sticks While girls cried for dolls She wept for a machete and a catapult While her fellow girls held their mothers’ skirts She cut her father’s knickers to fit her I tell you, she was a witch from her mother’s […]

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GIRLS BEING FORCED INTO SUBMISSION?

She comes to me and asks “What do I have to do to be like you?” And I start in pity. “Be like me?” I ask. “Why in God’s name do you want to be like me? Everyone is unique in his or her own right. My dear” “No madam, you are beautiful, intelligent, confident and […]

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THE gODS SLEEP, THEIR CHILDREN WEEP

We have come to your shrine We have come to your shrine with our empty calabashes of thirst We have come to your shrine We have come to your shrine because there is no where else to turn to We come to your shrine weary from the many searches for food We have come to […]

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UNFAIRNESS BUT FAIR TO TRADITIONS

I lived on treasured lands Lands of my fathers I drank in ignorance of this world And saw bright stars shine under the hot sun Why?   On the pathway to my father’s farm, I met Mr. Kwaku Bonsam Who greeted me with glee And touched my buttocks I told him I didn’t like that […]

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A LIBERATED WOMAN

I am a woman, Yes I am a woman A woman who forms part of the makers of human kind A woman who nurses and makes sure humanity continues A woman who refuses to be suppressed by heart wrenching relationships A woman who weeps for the sufferings of her ancestors   I am a woman […]

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CAPTURED BY THE HEART

Going and going Fuming and fuming About the weather and its mood swings ‘Good morning’ is all it took And I am captured instantly Limerence?   “Mate ahwe wo dↄ mu Ma tↄ ↄdↄ nsuo mu Ԑde merekↄ nanso ↄrehwԑ me hann Ɔkukudurufo bi ndom mbԑyi me ԑ?”   My world is swelling My body […]

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GHANA AND HER UTILITIES

It is a well-known fact that the Ghanaian utility systems; water and electricity, is a farce. All they need is the money and all they give are excuses as to why they can’t deliver to expectation. What is most annoying is that, they will never speak with words the lay man will understand, they will, […]

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PLAY AWAY

I want to crawl, crawl, crawl, Crawl like a lizard,  Hop, hop, hop, Hop like a frog Fly, fly, fly, Fly like a bird Then I’ll jump like a monkey From tree, tree, tree to tree. Then I’ll jump like a monkey From tree, tree, tree to tree. Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © 2014.

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WHAT ARE WE?

I am nothing, You are nothing, He is nothing, She is nothing, They are nothing, Yes, we are nothing. We are just seeds planted and watered We blossom Then we are plucked by the farmers Grinded, Put into colanders; Which happily squeezes every juice we have with each glass of water Then we are left […]

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DOUBTFUL MOMENTS

I marvel as to how far I’ve come I marvel thinking about how each day comes with its own thrashing Then I sing “Onyame bԑyԑ ama me Sԑ merԑ no so a enyԑ obi na’bԑka Sԑ ↄfa ne boↄ a, ↄto ne bu to na’nkↄtↄ baabi bↄne Onyame na’ra ↄbԑyԑ, oooooh Onyame bԑyԑ ama me […]

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CLUELESS

  Tell me,  What is in the dark? What is in the dark, That deceivers lure And receivers of passion cure?   Just tell me, What is in the dark? What is in the dark, That things which cannot be done plainly Are boldly done mainly?   What at all is in the dark? What […]

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IGNORANCE, A REAL BLISS.

I think about the kontomire Which must always blossom To serve as nutrients for my children I think about the farm Which must have a good yield  In order to send my children to school I think about the funeral cloth That everyone is buying To attend the funeral of our dearly departed I think […]

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IN THE MIDST OF MEN

In the midst of men Tempers never last Mouths open wide Foods cry in pain While drinks sulk and wince In the midst of men Lovers’ tongues are loose Dirty panties and their wearers are revealed Women are commodities, discussed, bargained for and bought At a prize of an ego In the midst of men […]

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CURSY BLESSY BEINGS.

We come with fun But not without fun pun We are needy We are greedy But in a special way Have time for us, you’re blessed any day We are young We are yours Children all the way.    Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2014.

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VICTORS OF THE SPERM WAR

They are accursed And it is their fault For winning the sperm war And swimming to the earth’s shore   Starve them, Verbally abuse them, Chain them, Beat them, And humiliate them Because it is their fault   They are accursed And it is their fault For winning the sperm war And swimming to the […]

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TEMPTATIONS RISE, DISCIPLINE FALLS

He saw the marker as their boobs, Textbook as their big nyashes, Those eyes make him nervous His tongue flips “c..raaaaas, tomay, ei, today, solly, our toprick, ei, topic” General laughter “Stop raaghing” Intense laughter And he bolts like thunder. “Why is it my fault? Why do I have to go through the humiliation? The […]

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NEOCOLONIALISM, MY THOUGHTS.

Today, let’s not dabble in research for any meaning of any word. Let’s just walk through my thoughts, then you can tell me what you think after we reach its end. Neocolonialism happens to be the indirect dominance of previous captors, or neocolonialism is the indirect rule of white supremacy, or neocolonialism is the thoughts […]

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THE COURT OF THE VILLAGE BY AMOAFOWAA SEFA CECILIA

  Sahada breathes, blinks and thinks for a moment about the act her eyes witnessed here in Kasimui seconds ago, did she just see a child banged to the wall, beheaded and brought back to life by the man? And look, another man is cutting himself with a knife but there is no sign of […]

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UNWANTED TREASURES.

Those are their treasures They struggled for those treasures Now you clear without measures And you laugh in your vocation They stand and gaze while their hearts are ablaze They are thinking of how to answer their location When seekers seek Break with mildness They bear the tears, love and laughter of the destitute They […]

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SHUSH!

I love the trees I love the air But I am so scared I am so so scared That I would be tied to a strong tree On a windy day being whipped by the branches of the trees As a mob of lovers turned haters chant in agreement I love the sun I love […]

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HAUNTED

I am running through a wilderness I am running through a wilderness of thorns barefooted There is this sorrowful drumming being played by a prowess Confusing me and saying in my ears ‘you are hated!’ I do not know why I have the urge to run under a sky that is moonless? Now taunters are […]

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PAINTING WITH WORDS

I want to paint you No, I need to paint you With words, Words as serene as the morning dew Words known to only a few Words ornamented with beautiful minerals that many to catch a sound cue I need to paint you With words that can break even the heart of Adolf Hitler in […]

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CLASHES AND LOVING

We are like birds holding feathers in the sky We are the bed and mattress We go no where without each other We are like the pestle and the mortar  We work together and attract queer looks from passers by   Yes, we clash Hurting each other And we lock in loving embrace, blocking even […]

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DECISION OF THE HEART

  Back in august 2015, on a very sunny Sunday stood a family that is reuniting after four years of separation. The Apau family was a happy family. The love the mother and father exhibited was inculcated into their only seed, Angel. Her intelligence had earned her a place in the University of Ghana, Legon […]

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NO TEARS ON A RED DAY

They live in half hearts They breathe on rocky grounds They lie on filthy troubled mats Yet scream their happiness on public grounds   Fret not on this day Hurt not for being kept at bay Cry not for what could have Because there is a huge possibility of happiness starvation in what could have […]

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CELEBRATION OF LOVE

I’ve conquered I’ve conquered egoistic traits That sought to battle my courtship Now I’m staring at the smiling face of the sun. I’ve been forced into heaven, I’ve been forced into the chambers of heaven, Being suckled by the mouth of a tintinnabulated angelic beast And afterwards docked in pleasurable shyness Now I share the […]

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UNCERTAINTY

I am at the crossroad Breathing the air of uncertainty With time stretching his tongue, mocking me with intensity I am at the crossroad Trimming the taunts of decision Pruning the feeling of possible mistakes And sweating profusely with fright Even the winds are telling me their choices And the voices are challenging the air […]

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THE TAMALE ROAD SAGA

If you don’t know by now that Tamale is a stress free place to live, I am telling you now that it really is. Can you ever get a peaceful place where any uninhabited lands happen to serve as a place of convenience with no strings attached to live? Can you get a place where […]

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THE UGLY TAKER

Our young years, decades ago Saw us scaling the walls, Saw us breaking the sills, Made us break all rules. We plied this route and hid under those bushes We kissed and shivered openly wavering new converts Our cocoon of sleep was never peaceful As it was kept busy even when all rekindle their fatigued […]

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LAMENTATIONS OF THE BROKEN HEARTED

I hurt I hurt thinking about haven made you my boss I hurt knowing I fought a lost cause I hurt knowing I am at a loss I hurt so much so that my heart sometimes switches to self -pause I hurt knowing all we had have been eaten by the time-moss I hurt knowing […]

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NOT WHAT IT SEEMS

Look not and gape It is hunger in abundance cover Look not at the drape It cannot afford a little mover Look not and gape It is soil in gold cover Look not and gape It cannot afford a little scratcher All the teeth have been carefully fixed Those smiles are gentle A little aggressiveness […]

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THERE IS GOODNESS IN EVERY SITUATION NO MATTER HOW BAD

Sometimes, many bad things happen to us and we ask God why. If we happen to sit down and analyse the problem without sympathizing with ourselves, we will see the blessing no matter how faint it may seem. Fear is something no one wishes to encounter, but ask me what I think about it and […]

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MY LOVE

My love, I’d like for you to look I’d like for you to look only at me. My sunshine, I’d like for you to come close I’d like for you to come close when I am weak and hold me, And hold only me. My darling, I’d like for you to kiss me, I’d like […]

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WE ARE ONE.

I have a voice I have a voice and a choice I have a voice and a choice to make noise So let me be   Humans are humans No matter their looks Humans are humans, no matter their gender Humans are humans, no matter their ethnicity Humans are humans, no matter their shortcomings Humans […]

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SOME GHANAIAN SUPERSTITIONS

That Africans are superstitious is a well-known fact. But since I do not live in all the countries in Africa, I will enumerate a few of the superstitious beliefs in Ghana, my homeland. These superstitions, though most times crude and detrimental to our well-being, also protect certain things we have. I will be glad if […]

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GOODNESS AND MERCY, ALLAHU AKBAR.

  For the past few years, I’ve been negatively blown away by happenings and justified comments surrounding these religions: Christianity and Islam. When I was young, I was taught to emulate those who attended church services regularly and did ‘good’. Although I did not understand much, I understood that the church was supposed to instill […]

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SHOWING RESPECT IN AFRICA

  Respect is when you see an elder standing in a bus and offers your seat to him or her. Respect is when you see an elderly or a rich person and bow, speak in low tones and mostly agree with what they have to say. Respect is when you do not talk back when […]

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ADMIRER’S ARREST

  She’s walking past And guess what is making the sounds: her bust I am thinking fast This flower, mine, a must But in my head, words crash and blast Would these words rust? Without making me a cast? I must be in the land of lust   Nervous pest Do you? Do you mind […]

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AFRICAN BRUTALITY

  There are behaviours which when exhibited in developed countries are considered brutish and a psychological disorder. Behaviours like fighting, forcing your way into a cue etc… Those kinds of behaviours are considered normal on the African continent. Any time there is a cue, let’s say for transport or anything, be sure to find the […]

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HEARTBREAK

‘I love you’ Me she told And I promised not to leave her hold All cowardly thoughts she made bold And my nights were never cold I thanked God for stumbling on Gold I thought we be until old Until the Lord God our hands hold But today behold Tears that can’t be controlled Because […]

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STAGES OF LIFE OF A DEVIANT.

Time Mime Slime Prime Sublime Crime Dime Climb Lime Trail Jail Frail Mail Wail Transition. Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2014.  

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GHANAIAN FOODS

Food is a major problem when we think of travelling and touring. Of course those who stay in fanciful hotels do get foods that suit their palate. But those who live with families or do not have that much money to live or go to these big hotels are left without choices  must blend with […]

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WHEN THINGS GO WRONG (A SHORT SKETCH FOR TEENAGERS)

(On a stage, three students are in a discourse, the two boys talk while the girl stands very close to Excoba)   EXCOBA: I came to this school to just get a certificate Because there’s no way my parents will leave me intestate For family members to make me lie prostrate So Charle, let me […]

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MAKING LOVE

I am here You are here We are here With tools of love Tools that need no gloves Tools that will spill no blood So let’s make love   The stethoscopical hands can revive Any heart and make it come alive It can then work to bitterness deprive The healing arms can encircle me When […]

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BE INSPIRED AND FACE IT SQUARELY

Feeling down? How beautiful is the land? With birds in the air and men tilling the sand With natural sounds accentuating melodies of bands With your breathing in and out and your blessed hands With your eyes helping you freely tour and your legs to stand Now what happens to be the problem?   Think: […]

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NATURE’S CO-HABITATION

The ants are filing past the dead wood Looking for food The housefly hovers around anything to see if he can get something To fill his stomach, anything The tsetse-fly seductively flies around beautiful flowers, Inhaling to smell if she can have some nectar to give her some wingy-powers The bird hovers around edible foods […]

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JUST A MORNING PRAYER.

I earnestly earnestly pray That Father God may Keep you from affrays, Bless your earthly stay, And help you say: This better lighted pathway Makes my jolly day,   Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia. Makes me feel okay, So I’ll gladly pay, To many happily play, Making them very gay, Keeping none at bay Until we see […]