Ashawo Diaries (Tales of Adwoa Attaa) Chapter 30 (18+)

He gave him our price and he paid like a natural mutual understanding between them. Alejandro pushed me out and into the waiting vehicle. We headed off obviously to my house and I was baffled at his calm demeanour. I wanted the corpse to be properly buried in the least to lay the poor girl to rest somehow but he said it wasn’t necessary. I could not hold back my tears as I thought of her family back home. She was my responsibility and should not be dead, not through that horrible means. I thought of the pain she must have suffered before her untimely death seeing as a snake was forced into her vagina. It couldn’t have been funny in the least. I would have had a cardiac arrest too and probably felt the lowest point in the word “useless”. Alejandro couldn’t stop laughing. He believed the way I punched the Minister was funny to my chagrin. I saw a man who cared not about the death of another human being and queried him but he simply shrugged: “Death is now a normal thing to me, especially if it is a worker. They die everyday and sometimes you must kill them to stay safe. Death is for everybody so why bother?” His Spaniard tone had an air of truth that not only baffled but also annoyed me.
I felt a whirl of anger rise from the bottom of my stomach, take hold of my head, forcing me to attack him. We nearly landed in an accident. He forced the vehicle to a stop, blocked his face as I punched any part my fists fell until my mind showed me the video of the cruel murder of a white man. One who died by my hands, skin peeled, knife pierced uncountable times, words taunted and haunted for hours and eventually butchered. Ken; the brutish man who degraded me to a sex mate for a dog! I stopped abruptly and cried louder. A voice told me I had a good reason to kill that bastard and I was in no way as corny and ritualistic as that Mexican Minister. But another reminded me that death was death after all. Alejandro sensed my confusion and multiplied hurts and held my calmed and miserable self. It dawned on me that we as humans are quick to judge but conscience is sometimes slow to remind, and when it reminds, we feel the sweat of dirt, unwholesomeness, silliness pouring down the souls of our bodies thereby angering us into self blame. The pain did not subside for me, the fact that it happened made me wish for a place to bury the ordeal after all, many deeds of humans to fellow humans can be deemed murderous too. It just was a matter of relativity.
I sulked at home for three days, woke up and looked for my phone to check porn sites for humans who sleep with reptiles, something I had never done, and I was frighteningly surprised. Some women actually feel pleasure in sleeping with snakes. Your shock is as valid as mine was. I stared at my computer screen for hours and told myself “I truly have seen it all this time”. As I was still contemplating the doability of the act with fearsome goosebumps all over my skin, a call came through my emergency line.
I rushed to one of the girls’ dormitories only to find Nako, one of my girls, dumped naked with her breasts and vagina each partly chewed. I was terrified. I asked for a blanket, gathered her in it and rushed her to the hospital without thinking. She was rushed to the theatre as soon as we entered. Nako had tried to tell me something before collapsing on our way to the hospital but failed to make even a whisper audible. I wondered what could have happened to her; animal bites? Some canker? A curse? An infection? I run out of guesses.
I felt a tap on my shoulders as I impatiently waited after eleven hours to hear some news from the doctors, turned and saw six policemen breathing down at me. They told me I was under arrest but I didn’t know what it was for and before I could say anything, or ask anything, I was pinned to the ground like a destructive mad person or a hardened criminal. The dragging on the bare ground into their terribly hardened-prison-like vehicle was not as frustrating and painful as the Spanish they spoke which made no sense to me. I felt like a Mexican garbage left for days with spoilt slimy foods therein. I wanted to scream after asking them to tell me in English what my crime was to no avail but restrained myself and got shut into the van with no windows. It was a very roasting long drive to the station.

Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © March, 2018.

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BE LET TO GROW (AGAINST CHILD MARRIAGES)

There are many fruits which fail to mature
On their mother trees
Mama, I don’t want to be one of such fruit
I need to be sheltered when storms break
Need to be covered when the rains come in
Need to be pampered when good air visits
And to feel the matured company
When the sun sets in
Oh papa, I want to be ripe before the pluck

II
For poverty sake
Mama, give me not out like a token for a feed
For I can mature and be the pot whose water never dries out
For debts sake papa give me not out as your once peace of mind
For I can be that wealth
The future prepares for you
For societal tongues sake
Uncle give me not out as a clearance of gossip
For I can be the star of this home
When my future is left for my studies

III
I am in no rush for a crash
I am the flower who wishes to bloom into beauty
My future is in my hands and not in the hands of any boy or man
Until a job finds me in a good salary
Marriage is the vehicle I wish not to enter
So help me mama
Help me papa
Help me uncle
Help me auntie
For I am a child
And marriage is a cloth meant for adults
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © March 27, 2018

JERKS OF HEARTBREAK

There are clawed fingers
Which scratches the core of the heart of loving souls
Plucking out happiness and planting sadness
Leaving the future bleak and eyes red

II
They come in their horrid varieties
Slow or aggressive
And take over the senses in helpless lenses
Take over muscles in fearful pulls
Take over shame with spittle so lame
Forcing teeth to bite their bosom friend; tongue
Contorting bodies until their arrests end
To the shame of the innocent model

III
Not contagious they say
But burns out friendships like fires in dry hay
Able to be handled
But squeezes out young brains like water in a towel
Not a spirit
But harms hearts like the harmattan’s touch on fertile trees
Those blessed not to have witnessed might comfortably chuckle but
Dear epilepsy, you are one of death’s most vile agent
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © March 26, 2018

Ashawo Diaries (Tales of Adwoa Attaa) Chapter 29 (18+)

Taking a bull by the horns requires a brave person who stops not to think about the consequences, a risk taker who fears not death. I called Alejandro and put it straight to him: “I found some of the cocaine on the girls. Thank you for using me to advance your drug use. It might interest you to know that one of the girls is at the hospital with tests being conducted after abusing some. So prepare as I won’t go down alone” There was a moment of silence before he cleared his throat and attempted to speak without success. “I believe you think I am foolish for sending me on this errand without a heads up right?” Immediately, I heard a protest, “No, not foolish Miss Davids. I don’t really know what you are talking about considering this is a call anyone can tap into. I only sent you with girls to model shoes, if something bad happened, I am changing your flight so come back today and let’s see what went wrong. I was simply taken aback but not fooled. Of course foreign intelligence would definitely get to know what we spoke about. What was I thinking? I felt a bit stupid but not regretful after thinking it over.
We rescheduled our flight to the next day to head back to Mexico and used the whole day to tour around few places. Nthambi rested with a home nurse Alejandro arranged. It made me see the vast nature and intense influence of the organization I was in, or should I say the drug cartel being fronted by an escort agency? I knew I had to get out but how to became my problem. I had heard stories about people being killed for wanting out of cartels like that. Though almost all the girls were oblivious to what was happening and just thought the fashion week had been cancelled, I tried my hardest to enjoy to no avail.
Going through the security checks was a hurdle for me. I got frightened at the least beep only to find out it was as a result of a phone or an ear ring or something like that. Not until we touched at the Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez, did I breathe well. Alejandro did not come to see me that day and I didn’t know where to find him. It dawned on me that if I was caught in any of their shady deals, there was no way I could implicate them if I wanted. Consuelo made all my favourite dishes but my appetite was neither here nor there. I just laid in bed and called Issidro to take care of the girls as I was not feeling well. On the third day, Alejandro came with a straight face and I laid there with an equally straight face looking at him. I had not bothered to call him after the first call to tell him we had arrived safely.
“Miss Davids, this is the last time you will have a conversation like that on telephone. I was disappointed in you.” He waited for me to say something but I didn’t. I just looked at him making him fidget for a while before changing tactics. “Miss Davids, the cartel is a big business beyond you and I and there is nothing we can do about it. Do you think mere prostitution is what keeps you comfortable in this apartment? “
“Yes. I thought it was mere prostitution that kept me this comfortable. Don’t I know the amount my girls make per session and don’t I know you give them only ten percent of their earnings and pocket the remaining 90%?”
He just looked at me hard and pulled me from the bed into a standing position, my face in his face as he bowed to make it so and said amidst his drumming teeth “You will not frustrate me, you definitely will not frustrate me. You will do as I tell you to save yourself and me”. Before I could react to that he was passionately forcing a kiss on my lips, one I definitely could not reject. The force with which I yielded surprised even me. I realised I had starved myself for long. There was nothing gentle about his moves but surprisingly I loved every bit of it. He bit me anywhere he laid his mouth and every pain harvested goosebumbs on my skin. He loudly suckled my need-filled breasts and turned me aggressively over and over again, yet I enjoyed every bit of it. I was wet before he visited my temple to worship and it was pleasurable. Even he was shocked that I was enjoying myself more than him. He was a strong man and he did gain my respect although I had love bites all over my skin afterwards. “I am sorry, I mean I don’t even know what to say. You make me so afraid yet I want you so much”. I used the opportunity to tell him I wanted out of the cartel. I explained to him that I could not be in that mess. He did warn I couldn’t stay out forever but promised to let me be until I wished to and said it meant I couldn’t travel as much as other bosses as the drug business ensured more glamour and luxury than the escort business but I agreed all the same.
An emergency beep called us out in our compromising poses, two of us naked in the blanket staring Consuelo and Issidro in the face. We were needed at the Ministry of Defence. We hurried in without caring about the countenance of our subordinates, put on our clothes and headed there. One of the girls we sent there had died in the bed of the Minister through shock after he (the Minister) forced a snake into her vagina. He said he enjoyed bestial explorations in his sex escapades and so did nothing out of the ordinary. I couldn’t understand how a man felt happy seeing a snake penetrate into a woman. I stood there shivering for a while. I was furious as that was the first time I encountered that problem. I pounced on him and started hitting him, he could not shout for help, Alejandro watched for few seconds and held me, begging me to stop the nonsense…

Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © March 25, 2018

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EBONY GOES HOME

Daring was her nature

Beautiful was her stature

Much talent was hosted in her bubbly frame

The head of youth popping out of her character at every juncture

Defying norms and soothing ears

Representing her in the past tense makes me tense

Yet a greater hand has beckoned

Who is this mouth to ask why?

II

Her clock stopped before her birthday station

And her loss halted a whole nation

Half of whose mouths whipped in critical damnation

A beautiful bloom broken into our doom

Ebony, the blackest star which centered the musical red, gold and green

III

Home is where all our ends rest

As you go, come back rejuvenated

To change many more status quos

To touch more lives

To show the world how to live in fitting individual skins

To smile brightest and laugh loudest

In the black apparel nature gave which many blessed souls want changed

Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © March 24, 2018

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THIS FACE WE BOOK

This Face we book

Has many pages to flip

Beautiful pictures to look

Opened relationships to zip

Different recipes to cook

Vulnerable seams of souls to rip

Many addictions to hook

Many tears to in sympathy drip

II

In its town, many a secret sit naked

Many a bomb lie unclothed

Many a lonely heart roam veiled

Seen by bright eyes with no sight

Yet, many a stars are born on these streets

Many a thief, duly caught

Many a heart cruelly broken

Many a voice, rudely shut

Should mention be made of the much shame

Sprinkled on self portraited flowers and beaks?

III

This Face we book

The Twit we ter

This Insta we gram

This Link we in

And their brothers and sisters we display

Are theoretic worlds of us

Living in our arts

Making us gods in our own rights

Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © March 24, 2018

THE STOREY OF YOU (FOR WORLD POETRY DAY)

I came to you straight from life’s hellish oven

With a soul brutalised and so very grief shaken

I came to you like a tired lamb

With my neck in offering

On feet so rebellious because of needs and pain’s whips

You held me, soothed me, and magically mended my callouses

Like a gentle ice on a burning wound

II

I sat in you with a shattered heart

A clubbing head with a vengeful hat

But days drained it all in your powerful words

Every ink cleansing my bleeding soul

Every hugging word exorcising my anger

Every line planting sanity in the dessert of my brain

Every stanza planting humanity in the pores of my skin

III

I lived in you like a fool turned tool

Yet you used me not as your stupid bull

But as a blessed head linked to a flowing hand

Mending my name from the dents of shame

Strengthening my muscles for battling rings of life

Shaving furry out of my hurry

Oh you mystical angel in an art!

IV

Purity in you is my loving find

Love of you is carved in my grateful mind

You are the piece of peace life has given

On my famished chaotic plate

That cool rain in my days of drought

So I will forever worship your existence:

P-O-E-T-R-Y, goddess of my artistic musedom!

Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © March 21, 2018

WOMEN ARISE (For International Women’s Day)

There is a reason beauty was given to most flowers
Along with their fragile nature and protective thorns
There is a reason they are nectared to feed many beaks and winged livers
Amidst the storms, rains and suns
And through their bruises, beheading and rots
I wish the creator spells it out

II
There sure is a reason love’s ironed ends
Reside in soft, warm, malleable femininity
With its sweat of tears
Surely, the creator is a skilled artist
Who knows the recipe of life’s nature and nurture
And which craft best fits caretaking
Even though we live behind the hidden reason
Let’s take the nature challenge

III
We need to rise
To be the world’s best sunrises
Shining off societal ills that handcuff our progress
We need to shine our love
On the darkness of yesteryears
To clear blinded eyes to see our best covered by society’s prisons
We need to lead with empathy on our sleeves
Even through tough times
To be lotuses in this murky mud called earth
We need to break the yokes of self doubt
Forgetting what arrested and forging through what enlightens

IV
No blame ever harvested fruits to feed a soul
No shame ever dressed a being with gold
No tears ever bathed a heart to be hurt free
No bitterness ever dusted hatred in harmed beings
No attack ever resurrected deaths of prides
None can tell our own stories like us
So arise in your awesomeness
Lead in your rights in gowns of perfections through respect and care
For you are flawless creations
Only flawlessly flawed by love and its deflections
To take on challenges like lozenges in our cold world
To share the covered smiles to flutter hearts
In evenness
To make life’s ride a pleasure for all
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © March 8, 2018

STAKES (FOR GHANA’S 2018 INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION)

There has been a crawling baton
Since Nkrumah’s power run
In leading change
Still, we live through the smiles of moderation
In the ills of corrupt adorations
Gunning for greed in place of fertile seeds
Hating on whistleblowers in place of their hailing
Accepting crumbs for much sums
Never calculating the future’s profits in kind
And always thinking in the now
Yet we flow with sunrises thanking God
For trees which beg to be made into furniture
Suns which beg to live in the dark
Foods which tell tales of serving in cans
Seeds whose end products could give us much

II
From the rich cocoa lands
To the rich mineral lands
The fertile grounds to the strong beings
Right to theories left without practicalities
Fingers finger holes of darkness around the light
Yet hope glares
From its tiny corner
Hoping its pupils will be caught in the rays of ambition
To give excelling opportunities
To this royal dressed like “Korean Candy” and
Placed right in shrouds of development

III
We will figure it out
This chemistry of harmonisation and time consciousness
We will figure it out
This physics of nation building and work consciousness
We will figure it out
This art of syncing to the tune of success through hardwork
We will figure it out
This mathematics of development
Through the Woyomic confusions
To the Gyeeda embarrassment
Through the uncountable judgement debts
To the carnivorous roads
Through our shaking lights
To our here and there waters
Clothed in our love for culture and ourselves
We will figure it all out
The mass wealth with no formula for end products
For we are combinations of the best colours there are
Blood, minerals and green vegetations
Whose middle hosts the brightest blackness
With a general shine
For we are miracles by birth
So shackles are not unbreakable
We are the Gold Coasters turned Ghanaians
And proudly so
Long live Ghanaians
Long live Ghana
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © March 6, 2018

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