MANTSƐ EBA!

Pastor Dédé worked all week and Friday nights
With all his equipping might
Electrocuting others with his noisy frights
Threatening complainers of his God’s bite
Afraid,
…every mouth closed its door
…after his warnings

II
Then Nii-mei and Naa-mei put their ban on noising
Pastor Dédé puffed and registered his shunning
That night, he started with vigour
…his people sang
“Unto the Lord be the glory…eee
Great things he has done…”
The drums held hands of the voice of the guitar
…and chorused their murdering tones
…registering the abled abatie roboting them
The piano hugged both
…as the akasɛi chan chaned like piercing pins
…to add to the murder of ears
None had a sound in mouth
…after his warnings

III
Then they came
…wearing shoes dead in sounds
Six strong muscled men
…with unbending discipline
They knocked once at the hellish heaven’s door
…then twice
…and entered
All tired eyes left their abused ears to watch
Then we heard –
…konklonkon!
…kankanklan!
…pasca pram pram pram pran!
And ears were taken off the fires of noise –
…abruptly

IV
The “How dare you
…was punched with “Kwɛ mɛnɛ hu!”
“God will not forgive you” –
… “eenhwɛ kɛkɛ, nyɛkɛwo tsɔneɛ mli ne wɔya”
We watched
…hoping to see the unforgiving God of Dédé
…whose threats sat on our freedom
…to the point of deafness
Even his broken fingernails did not fall
…till date

V
And so it happened
…that the noise traveled,
…we were told, to return in a month
Strengthened muscles prepared a ring
…to box its return to its death
…whether they’ll succeed or not remains a mystery
For now, that has ended the tale
…of Pastor Dédé and his dédé
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © May 14, 2019

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