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AND SHE WHIPS

I, protest Because my heart,  in this detest But she calls herself old in age Saying she knows the running of this stage And I am in rage II I do as she wishes Because, her, this heart cherishes But I keep hurt in shame I hate the chains of her tame I know I […]

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PLAY THINGS

I go from hand to hand A cuff and a band A sit and a stand I keep on walking And running I keep on flying And breaking I keep on singing And laughing Crying is like salt dipped in my blood for cleansing So I cleanse II Chai! I cause some headaches And toothaches […]

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COLD?

When I turn cold I know you hurt But I hurt in ten-fold And I need an outlet II When I turn cold I know you fret But to you I am sold As you cuddle a safe bet III I am bold I need, to strength, get I need a hold Or I will […]

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WHEN I SAID I LOVED YOU

When I said I loved I was like a caught bird Under heated water in the saucepan of society Being cooked for being alone Now that I see a hole in the pan I see my true heart and I am sorry II When I said I loved I was like a lone soul Deserted […]

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OKAY

Never falter When you are at the alter Allah is Lord And He is on board II Never whine For you are fine Allah, with you, does dine And he will add to your table blessed wine III You are a messenger Not a stranger Allah needs your devotion So don’t be drowned in the […]

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YOSHIKO’S CHALLENGE

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HAPPLINGS

Waking to smiles from naughty faces I see the hidden naughties’ paces Like the happening of yesterday left no traces The humurous battle is drawn “Mrs. Phone, Fufu Mafia, Poetry Eater” My few nickies But I smile Knowing a mile has been reached I call far away home Everyone is fine A few business calls […]

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LIARS

Abena says Kwaku Bonsam is a liar He feeds on lies And hoards them in his bloated belly He needs mere friends as brothers and cousins He needs his ugly face as handsome He needs his piggy beddy bounces As the best ride on a smooth road II Bonsam says Abena feeds fat on lies […]

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WHAT?

So life is life And life needs feeds Life is life And life sheds blood Life is life And life needs moves I will use my machine at the palm of my tree To get what I need Because it is no tofee to deplete What? II It’s true, I meet them all; The ritualists […]

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NEWLY BORN (CRAZY STANZAS)

I hear sounds Dancing like dew all around I feel bounds Crying like attention seekers, to be found And I am astonished II I feel fear Gathering, like seas, much tears I feel cheer Taunting, like pain, all the queers And I am perplexed III I smell conflicts Ready, like doped soldiers,  to conflict I […]

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I CALL FOR YOU

I am sometimes in a semi-circle But the faces are not familiar You aren’t there I turn to the freedom chasers They see me like a meaty rat So give me the hot chase Unfortunately,  all welcoming holes hoard smokes And heat whose fore-fingers point at me in a warning So I run on Crying […]

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RESTORATION

I am naught But some call me naughty II I am naught But I still own my breathing III I am naught But I mostly feel like your diamond You are Lord You are God So take me through and don’t be bored IV I see the tallest hurdles Like fenced walls I hear roars […]

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IT IS I

I am one But I can’t believe I am Because I feel my pulse I feel my breath And my skin spits As pain floods my eyes So I am one But I don’t feel one Cars are racing And I feel like three I see I hear And I feel The breezes are blowing […]

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RIDE HARDER

If you promise to be a horse You’ve got to have speed Most importantly, stamina To carry and ride harder Like a true knight Fearless and apt in promises II If you promise to be an eagle You’ve got to have strength Most importantly, fierceness To carry and ride harder Making sure need fears my […]

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YOSHIKO’S CHALLENGE

Thank you Yoshiko for nominating me for this challenge.

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PESTICIDE PERSONIFIED

Peaches! Poor Paul has turned pest Easy to hear “tiaaan, chtian!” around him Doped in smell of all that sickens and kills Sickening and killing humans like flies Is he a walking corpse? II He knows not he is a repellent So explores all “nosedoms” “Agyawaadwo!” I would be a swinging monkey Around his chasing […]

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HIS LETTER

“Give your life to Christ” He writes boldly “For even the love of humans Can’t compete His earthly love” I ponder on the three paged sheet And wonder why I feel I am being coerced, like a little puppy, into a cult I know God creates Who needs what he creates when he continuously creates? […]

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PLAYERS AND LOVERS

Players play like porters use clay Forming, watering,  playing and wasting Eventually messing up everywhere Like kids in dangerous games Sometimes harming themselves Sometimes shaming themselves Most times incurring the wrath of their carers All in their initiation of fun II Lovers are like roses They open wounds and show Admitting they will take all […]

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BROKEN

They say once one is down A fall is nothing to fear But here, lying flat on my back I feel my pulse racing like a tsunami Who knew falling from the pain tree Breaks no bone But beats your bests And blasts your breast? Interesting,  that is where the heart hides II I am […]

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OF CLITS AND CLAMOUR

They claim we claim gooses are like ganders And ganders are like gooses Their goodies, the same Their bothers, the same So circumcision is a decision None fights for a cock So none must fight for a hen Abena, I say bullshit! Leave your danglers if you like But leave them clits alone II It […]

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UNSATISFYING GOATS

Kyei Maame, please stop bragging Stop bragging about the great goat you keep tamed I know what it does And I even know what Osofo Maame’s goat does too No matter the fur of goodness it preaches II As soon as it clears your bowl It goes sniffing Licking any bowl it sees No matter […]

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LABOURING ME

Some call me a worm Some call me a poor pet Others call me an unbaked yam But I am the bread winner of my home II With opened mouths of 7 Waiting for the manna from my sweat I am like their goddess of harvest I am like the air they breathe I am […]

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YOU ARE WONDROUS

Speechless, I stand before your throne Speechless,  this short tree bows before your throne It knows it needs no hugeness for greatness Amidst the foes and the blows Amidst the hurts and the pains Beneath the shame in light fame You knew who and what You needed me to be You knew what training You […]

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INDECISION

She says she wants a perm Then she changes her mind She wants a jelly Her friends laughed at her She wants corn roll Her face taunts her She wants rasta II Long rasta is not faster She wants the short huge ones After completion she looks into the mirror and screams What a horror!!! […]

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SOOTHING BALM

Sunshine in a frowning sky Gentle lightening in an angry storm Ice in an unbearable heat You, you II The best song on the biggest stage The best feet in a dancing bout The moon in a rebellious sky You, you III Your fingers hold my soothing balm Your mouth hold my living breath Your […]

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VULTURES AND HOMES

Vultures They stay on trees Oh vultures Stay on trees in danger And care not about their drowning and danger Yes, vultures are vultures Thay care not about cultures And care not about nurtures So kid vultures learn to litter and break cultures Hurtful, cultures which could safeguard their lives II Oh vultures! You are […]

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I AM A VIRGIN

I am a virgin Although I have mothered a child I don’t want to compare myself to Mother Mary But if the woman had other children With dear daddy Joseph And still has the title of a virgin Even after moth and others have finished her temple Why can’t I be a virgin too? II […]

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PERFECT BUT…

I am that hen with a chick He is that cock with a chick I am like the petite hen burdened by beasts of this world He is like a gigantic cock who has bridged so much to be here We both dribble with words At a snap of the finger “bam” There is a […]

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ROLLING DAYS (TANKA)

Ancient of days pass Like a fast rolling football Caring not about Anything blocking its way Battling with force to bursting Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015

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TO A SISTER

(Thanks to Mash Cudjoe for this poem.) I On that fateful day When the gates of the world Opened up to receive you A trumpet was blown And merry was made You lit up the sky And the angels sang With voices so pure A queen had been born A queen whose words Would marvel […]

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MY BIRTHDAY

I am traveling I know I have traveled I am traveling To an unknown destination But I know this step today Takes me nearer II I have seen hurdles I have seen pain I have seen lions Like a hunter,  I have battled their wounds on my skin I have housed scars which never fail […]

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FATHERS

(Happy father’s day to Nana Awere Damoah. You are a very special man. Happy father’s day to all good fathers out there. Mr. Charles Nornoo. Mr. Sam Doku and the rest, you know yourselves. May you continue to shine in your line of duty. Receiving the right blessings.) There was a time This poem would […]

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NAMASTE

Now the night goes to sleep Day is coming so dawn weeps Owls and bats yawn in tiredness Beds start complaining That they really need to be unburdene I say “Namaste” to God who has brought us this far II Give all their delicacies Grant us all good breathes to live And like the birds […]

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SOUNDS OF TODAY

“Bue! Ouch! Agyeiiii! Meku la! Aaaaah!” Mourning Sounds of today Like a deathzone Everything reeks mourning From shooting of God’s men in church To thunders lighting the fires of flood to “ghosten” beings Sounds of today! II “Ei! Eh? Wosh! Appalling!” Suprising sounds of today Hidden answers find themselves naked on the market Prostituting and […]

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GIVE ME MAGIC

Give me magic Magic of thoughts Give me magic To salvage all rots II Give me magic Like a superior angel To know and touch broken angels Called and humiliated, abandoned and garbaged III We call those we need They are called by their own and taunted Give me a magic thought And a magic […]

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A SUCCULENT MANGO LIKE ME

Like a succulent mango You bite me deep After washing me in cool waters And chew my flesh Claiming I am fresh I can only scream by sewing my threads In your teeth But you wait after chewing And curse me While you enjoyed me with no blessing I know my juice tasted like heaven […]

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PHANTHOM IMAGINATION

I would like to imagine him Not too short nor tall Playfully funny in discipline Handsomely lovely in friendship Warm and reassuring in hugs Soldiery and feared in protectiveness Like God’s shield II I’d like to imagine him there By her side Holding hands and occasionally talking to the invisible me Giving me massages With […]

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Portia Dery’s Funky Read-Write Clinic

Portia Dery is a young writer making waves in Ghana. She won the Golden Baobab Award for Children’s Literature and she is the main brain behind this writing clinic which will start on Saturday, 20th June 2015 from 9am to 10:30am at the Children’s Library, Tamale.                                                                                                                                        The funky ReadWrite clinic is […]

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BELIEF (ALLITERATIVE TANKA)

  Breezes bearable Bath before the brute bakers Beings burning break bounds Bothering bests being barred by Brute bakers, belief brightens Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015

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A DIFFERENT FEELING

It is a blessing of emotion A different feeling Watching you in sync with her in laughter Like a well rehearsed choreography II It is as though Someone switched on my thinking plug Could this have been a trap? Did he joke over my sincere messages with her? Could I be a fun they are […]

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RHETORICS

What will it amount? I ask what? What at all will it amount? If we fall only once and get crippled? II If I am a print in book, When crumpled by the ruthless I aim to show and embrace minds III When I get burnt, I pray my shadow moves me from mind to […]

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FLOW AND MAKE ME GLOW (ADULT POETRY)

Cool cloud, come and rain Into my drain And clear the stain Causing this chest pain *** Now I refrain *** Cain my pain Gather my gain As long as you call me no Jane I will gladly soak, giving you my main So flow and flow and flow and flow Until I glow Amoafowaa […]

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AS IF I’M COOL

I am hoarding a lioness In the cave of my heart Yet smiling like the sun Deceiving the depressed As if I am cool   II It can be raining cats and dogs in blood Flooding the cave and killing its space But even in the darkest of times The moon appears on my face […]

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CAT BLINKS, DOG BARKS

A master sent a cat on a dangerous mission It went like a wind And came like a breeze All breaths for a minute seized II The dog got jealous and barked for the same mission It went like a wind But never returned All hearts, for it, burned III Then all animals decided to […]

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STILL ON THE YUMBA MISSION

We are still on the mission to fence the Yumba Special School to keep the students safe. All donations are welcome. I can’t imagine my child lost in some thorny forest, hungry and afraid. Special kids at Yumba knows no boundaries and so we must create a boundary for them to be safe. We have […]

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YOUNG INKS

Young inks bleed All digging to plant seeds Seeds for a great tree Which will shelter their future II Some will dig shallow holes Because like the parable of the farmer Weeds grow with plants So winds or birds will destroy some plants III Those prepared like Job in the Bible Will dig and grow […]

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TALE OF THE UNBENDABLE

Kwaku gave Ama a stone A white nice stone as a gift of love She kept the stone like a saint And worshipped its very grounds II It so happened that a flood came by Stared at the stone and Ama’s family And swept all of them into the belly of death Ama searched and […]

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BOOKS AND COVERS

He had a huge title on his book But hid words associated not in the same book Many read the title in jealousy Knowing not it stood not For what lies therein Until Abugri had the urge to open and read Whereas the title was as dark as ebony The words hidden were as red […]

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STUCK

Oboi sat ready to earn From the little the teacher had to teach Little did he smell the storm Brewing into his class-made dorm II A beautiful lady sat on his right Another hot lady sat on his left Then his stomach contracted Reminding him of the mixtures of beans and eggs he married And […]

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GOD, MY FATHER

There was a war That seemed to loom I waited and sought your face You said nothing and took your pace But I knew I didn’t need to lift a finger Because you would decide And yes, you deliver   II I love the fact That you are my God and father I love the […]