OGUAN-PATAKU

Why don’t you show
The frown you keep beneath your smile?
Why don’t you show
The fangs you keep and present as teeth?
Why don’t you show
The claws you keep as nails in my greeting?
Why keep a friendly body in daylight
And release your natural haunting shadow in my dark?

II
Fight squarely
On a battlefield where eyes can see
Fight like you do the rage you keep under wraps
Even when your heart throws tantrums of explosion
Fight like a hungry lioness in its zone
Not a mosquito in a disturbing dark
Nor a snake in its matching coloured grass
My back has no eyes to see
And no head to think
Let’s fight a frontal

III
Hate in dignity not in cowardice
State in clarity not in hiding
Fold the skin on the smile and reveal the famished fangs
There is no prosecution in expressing feelings
Act out the burns which make you an acting friend
On the stage of my life
For I have no fee for that difficult role
And certainly my audience have no legs for a standing ovation
In congratulations of a villain whose opponent knew no battle
Even in my skilled fall
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © August 25, 2018

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