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MEN

There are men And there are Men But there are also MEN MEN are the real juices in all fruits Men are the “mmotromodwos” That state abhored by even the heavenly father While men are the tins of milk without content Drop them from the mountain top And see how they will battle the stones […]

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TOO SPECIAL TO RUN

There On the threshold of my fate Lie the perfect gait Calculated steps Fitted shoes And keys to answers to puzzles tricky And ready to block in lock I know And rush not For I am too special to run II None knew Agya Ananse In its fragile and slimy state Could be the star […]

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TAUNT LOVING THE DEAD

Black and red Mate to date for the fate of the late Like soldier ants in warrior parade Faces varied in smiles, frowns and indifference For the fallen whose journey goes beyond eyes’ foresight II Songs with “we have a living God” lyricals Taunt the fallen with many misconceptions ‘We live like dead swervers Because […]

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PIGS WILL BE PIGS

Once a pig was born in a sea Making fishes bring it up to fish be When the pig was grown and wise It broke chains to be on land II All the dirt was its to take All the gutters was its to shake All the dumpsters were his pool so cool That its […]

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YOU WANT WHAT I HAVE

You want the Olympic Gold But you don’t train for the gold You want to stand on the podium With a year’s training For a year’s event You want the fame of the game But not the pain for the gain II You want the life that I live But you don’t work the work […]

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WHY I READ

Walking through this book of life Which flips and turns in love and strife How can I the best’s wife be If I read not of kings doting on skirts of their shes? II In the read Hides machetes which tears ignorance in shreds Kwaku Ananse’s morals Which walked the spoken of the sages of […]

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CANE OF GOD

Quack quack quack The voices of ducky deceits sing Like a choir in symphony In temples haunted by God Monies from impoverished pockets Cry for their owners From bellies to clothes To shoes to watches To cars to perfumes On parodies of preachers II Ghosts of stomachs haunt houses of worship Pernury taunts clever minds […]

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Book Readings by Nana Damoah and Kofi Akpabli

Amedzofe. In biblical terms that would be our version of the Garden of Eden. In Ewe language, this place name means “the origin of mankind”. In a sense, that makes sense. The town is not only the highest human settlement in West Africa; in this part of the world, it is also the closest place […]

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I PRAY FOR YOU

It is a machine We, rolling to end up drawn Like lotter numbers As seen and unseen souls jubilate But a win today Expires tomorrow A loss today Heals tomorrow II There is nothing too awful Some live like vultures Not that they crave not for belonging-beds But misfortunes have housed them into vultures Always […]

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GIGI FOR CHALE WOTE FESTIVAL

This Saturday and Sunday, #GIGI will steal the show at the #ChaleWote festival. Everyone who comes to the fair wearing #GIGI will leave with something exciting. There will be a draw, and winners will get FREE #GIGIs (show up at the WearGHANA stand in your #GIGI, drop your card or name on a piece of […]

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PRIESTS OF THE gODS

Dancing in possessionisms ‘Akom’ climbs the seat of Christiandom Veiled by the all Powerful Holy Bible Hiding the powders and poduas And straw skirts In suits, and clothes sewn by modernity What is the name of potent but failed gods hiding in alien myths? II When did Atwea house abosom kokroko To get legs to […]

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TAKE ME TO GOLD COAST

Take me back Back to gold coast Where salt and mirror Beat the price of gold II Take me back Back to Gold Coast Where naivity was bliss And minds suckled from the breast of nature As none cared about the peak of stature III Take me back Back to Gold Coast Where snow so […]

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CONJUGAL CALLINGS (Adult Poetry)

It is a weird night A weird night where hens Open their traps of bliss In contrast to the merry go rounds And dizzy spells penaltying for the goals II It is a weird night Even femme frogs block the commercial street Hoping to pay off buyers After giving off their best goods for free […]

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INDUCED HELL

Skies of the throne of Freejustice Rain to ruins Like ships draining their seas while at sea At high fees The waves that keep them afloat Are divided into three II The blind waves Which push like donkeys even in drought The on-fence waves Which would give their lives Than lift fingers to right any […]

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GOD ON BOARD

I know God is on board the human ship On this wobbly twerking worldly sea He is the air that blows so fair He is the water which quenches all thirsts He is the myth that saves data of our minds He is the breath that engines our moves The question Why He hides in […]

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ELECTIONS, ANTICIPATIONS AND FEAR: THE WAKE UP CALL

Ghana is a country blessed. I say this not because it is beautiful, has many mineral and agricultural assets or living conditions are better, but because we have the crown of peace. Of late, I foresee chaos as many decisions we are making today are like terrorists of our peace in the near future. Why […]

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2016 GATE DELEGATES CONFERENCE HELD IN TAMALE

The annual 2016 Ghana Association of Teachers of English has been held in Tamale from Sunday, 7th August to Friday; 12th August 2016. The conference held on the theme: The Falling Standards of Teaching English,  The Role of Teachers of English took place at  The Tamale Polytechnic at Education Ridge, Tamale. On Monday, 8th August […]

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STILL THE LAND STANDS

If the winds destroy the umbrella And the elephant finishes all the grassy trees And the cock pecks all the worms and crumbs And the eagle eats the cock Do remember Still the naked land stands II The naked land will stand Disgraced Like a queen caught by prostitution law Of an unforgiving god As […]

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IF GOATS WERE ELEPHANTS

The creator wove his world Like Kwaku Ananse weaves his web Carefully Giving unto each gifts to fend I can’t fathom the choas in chimes If goats were elephants Can you? II From the hair of the sky To the toes of the earth Everything in and without Would shiver and hover At the visit […]

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INSAMADEOLOGY

Over pampered knowledge Is now climbing the staircase of madness When it reaches its peak Many movements will germinate Like strong weeds Which fear no cutlasses, hoes Let alone mowers II If fingers break through Eyes of the expired They are sure to call a battle for their eyes On the grounds of hallucinations Where […]

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DUNGEONS ON DEATH

A decade ago I was a decade less from three My leaves as fresh as the morning dew My stem as strong as the odum tree My roots as firm as the nim tree But here I wilt Into the dungeons of death II My voice was as sharp as the sharpest sword Cutting down […]

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THAT FIRST TIMER

Koo Kum anticipated and anticipated Like a villager promised a city tour His crown being his foolish grin When he thought of his awesome spin On top of the heavenly angel Whose beauty had consumed All her gargantuan flaws In his eyes II Mere fantasies made him drool His perfect words Manly looks Controlling initiation […]

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CEASE FIRE

Fire for fire Hired by sires Like rains univited Kills desires II Every mouth with a sound like a linguist Yearns to be heard Every head with a mind like a king Yearns to be studied Every heart like a die hard fun supports its products A look down on one Pumps out disaster From […]

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Nana Damoah and Kofi Akpabli to Host Book Readings In and Outside Accra

Last year, two Ghanaian writers Kofi Akpabli and Nana Awere Damoah gave themselves two targets: to do regular (preferably quarterly) public book readings and to extend the reading sessions beyond Accra. Last year the duo held two readings. But could not go outside Accra. For 2016, they had the same objectives and so far, they […]

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IN THE BOTTLE

Kwabena Amoafo lives in a bottle A bottle too small even for his hand A bottle whose scent throws more punches To noses than the best boxers alive But like a diminished grasshopper He lives in what he blinds Putting pressure on his people II What at all is in the bottle That has the […]

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OUT OF CONTROL

Pleasure rains are falling Funny how many drains Need to reign Red stockings Beautiful and wicked heels With a shameless mask On a cute angelic face Hairs stand guard I am out of control II Out of control The chariots are heavily decorated Flowers with pouty mouths Daring to be plucked Hearts on fire Calling […]

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THAT UNREACHABLE FRUIT

I saw a juicy fruit On a very huge tree One said to have fruitful seeds Making “kwaa-brefre” stand at ease II Its smell, so potent Its colour so attractive A youthful and ripe look I stretch but can’t fetch Its tree holds it so high Why? III Thorns are hired to it protect Leaves […]

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PAINFUL DECEPTION (Twisted Haiku)

A fish with parched throat Afloat the vast ocean waves Gets no mercy cries From a flying bird right up Drought in flood is deceptive II A bird in flying Can never show breathlessness Let alone be saved By a sheep walking the land Can minds be blamed for thinking? III A sheep in sweating […]

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BEERS AND CHEERS

Flapping wings In anger slings Break down Even in centre town Let’s forget it all With beers and cheers II The naughty spider Hides as a hurtful rider Must we chase and chase and chase? Let’s forget it all With beers and cheers III Dogs fancy their backing Licking their lovings Scaring their foes Let’s […]

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BREAKABLES

We See To be II We Tea To plea III We Fee To flee IV Me Thee Are fleas V Stings on strings Ringed on strings Breakable things Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 6th August, 2016

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BLAME GAMES

When the shores of sleep Wash dreamed souls Into immobile bodies At the first crow of the king of cocks Let not the waves of stench Give away the carcasses Slaughtered by fantasy horses Who fled and led their opponents To their chambers To take what souls they deemed needed II When tears from priced […]

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GYANTRASTITUTION

All in slumber By the crow of cocks Wake and line by your street Especially those with itchy ears Busy mouths And gossip eyes Abena Gyantra I will be seen passing II After working my pants into tatters Messing my hair into dreads And working my waist into a cripple That should add to your […]

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A FRUIT IN HIS FRUIT SALAD

His ladle is busy Stirring them together Seeking harmony where hardness reigns Don’t they hurt? His arms? II I am a watermelon I see some mango And oh! There is an orange And ah there lies some banana All shedding their juices Hoping for a common ground Look at how that apple struggles to blend […]

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PIECING PEACE

Heed peace’s call And stand tall Or fall Look what just fell in your court The option ball So don’t be dull Gather all In the thinking hall And strengthen peace’s wall II From the days the cock crowed On the Ghana throne To these times of the umbrella We have kept it strong No […]

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TONGUE

Tongue When you taste the sweet Savour the taste And dance to its beat Like a queen who has conquered in war II Tongue When you taste the sweet With bitter pinches Hold your reins Like a great warrior at war And follow the trot-rhythms Of your cherished horse III Tongue When you taste the […]

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WOES OF A WRITER

What is good about me? I am a pen Who shines bright in sadness Selling my pain As traders sell their goods With and without shame II What is so good about me? I am a pen envied in happiness Selling success as the sky gives rain Standing far and untouchable Receiving bullets of curses […]