HUSTLERS

Pɔɔpii pɔpɔpii
…Yeeess ɛyɛ ice water, emi ejɔ eee ice
…Mile 7, St. Johns, Barrier, Amasaman, Nsawam!
…Sister bɛtɔ bi ma me wai, ɛda fɔm paa
…Chain, watches, dog chains
…Sister please come here for your phone repairs
…Ntama no bo da fɛm o!
…Meatpie o, meatpie!
…Yeees, nkosua y’anua no bi ni o!
…Sister phone swap, chargers, phone covers, wetin you want?

II
From the talking asses
…to the eye reds
Oh the hawking classes
…to the sitting sheds
Right to the moving buses
…to the walking deads
I see you all in the belly of Circle
Working for a miracle
…through your hard work-spirited oracles
…in your living tabernacles

III
Life should be simple
…with no struggling pimples
But the promises of dawn
…even through its tears
Do naught to alley the fears
…causing us worrying wrinkles
So you shout your voices hoarse
And work like fearful horses
Still,
… poverty chases with canes of needs

IV
I pray for power
…through many an hour
That will turn the sour
…into sweet
I pray for power
…which will tower
…above the lower-
…guns of corruption and greed
To help peace shower
…and stress cower
…on all you real victims of reckless power

V
As you tire like donkeys
…and sweat like pigs
As you smell like droughts
…and look like famine
I know you are rolling off a bitter
…for a better
So let hope lead us
…through the red, gold and green
…with their trusted leading black star
To the land we hope for
…a land we will all contribute in building
…without cheating drafts
…and duping crafts
…without pitiful littering
…and our wailing sighs
We will get to a conscious heaven
…built by our own strengths
……………………some day
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © May 24, 2019

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