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THIS KUMVANA RETREAT

We came as individual islands …and formed a nation Holding hands of countries far and wide …through play and laughter …on the pate of Naivasha Naivasha, Where freedom is like breath for every living being And opinions are affordable …for each and every soul Kumvana, …a nation of unity and understanding …knowledge sharing and bonding […]

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THE BEST OF OUR REST

When time stops a rest …enjoy Because it pushes our quests to their best …clearing some ills from our chests …going as far as weeding out some of our thinking pests …to give breath to our joy II A human is a farm …needing a tending …periodic weed clearing To ward off pests There are […]

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AKOKƆ ASA WƆ AKROMA KROM

Yɛ se yɛn mmra nantinkwa …na kro chia hyɛ me nan yi Yɛ se yɛn mmra ano nkatumuo …na kasa ɛgoro m’anum yi Yɛ se yɛn mmra nsa pan …na gong gong ɛgoro me nsa ano yi M’adane ɔpatuo wɔ nnomaa a wɔkɔ anɔpa su krom Me yɛ dɛn goro serehehe? II Ɛnnyɛ abɔfo tuo […]

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KENYA TOWN

Gloria, You know the gift you’ve bought is euphoria, Changing my odd spirit name to Victoria In what can now be part of our best historia A beautiful beautiful Thursday traveling to a Friday utopia II From Nyerere Street to Central Park …Daily Nation Headquarters to the pilaar joint Coffee Casa and its literary insights […]

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UNEQUAL

Water accepts stone Stone spits out water Sand floors them all …no matter how hard they hide That should tell you …your hard might be mad for one …but play for the other II Just as goings and comings …births and deaths …are life’s play things Your anger is someone’s joke Your paralysis is someone’s […]

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TESTING

Until you test …the best will be a jest in your breast …and be a quest in your crest …dangling ignorance garnished with fear But all others will see is cowardice II Until you test …fog will continue acting smoke Smoke will continue acting fog And they will both confuse in fuse Add white clouds […]

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A PAINFUL ACCEPTANCE

A cow’s vows bow to machetes at the abattoir With no questioning hows So how will the bitterness of its better half …block its travel to the ancestral kingdom? Unfortunacy knows no memorandum Disasters fault no failed promises II An owl’s bowel bolt not from a sauce’s bowl No matter how wronged it is sold […]

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PERFECTLY MATCHED (18+)

You, I, me … do … Ib They live with smiles …locking secrets like a-never-to-be-seen ritual Acting man and wife in mock life Loving their real lives at the blind sides of each other II Kojo Mensah loves the juices that flow …in between the thighs of Hannah He also loves the endearing moans of […]

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MODELS

When eyes …groping in the dark See a flicker of light They follow …loving its visibility …without coercion …without force II When high minds …wallowing in unworthiness See worthy minds …revered They seek with their meekness …and learn to par This is the picture of rightness III Living worshippers are the model converts …of their […]

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THROUGH THE ODDS

Pilots know the risk of turbulence …but still take chances of flying Captains know the viciousness of some storms …but still steer boats for days …using navigators and relying on winds Drivers know the many accidents …which whisper to deny them and others …lives …but still drive through the roads Living is a chance of […]

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WO NWUMA

a. Ɛyɛ maapɛ na ɛmaa Kwaku …n’apɔkye din Ne merɛ so no Na onnim ɔbaa kitiwa …ɔbaa kɛseɛ …ɔbaa tiatia …ɔbaa tintin …ɔbaa berima …ɔbaa warefoɔ …ɔbaatan mpo na w’akohunu ɔbaa yarefoɔ Sika boa ma owurawura ayaase ahorow …kosi sɛ ɔware ɔbaa animonyamfoɔ a ɔwɔ Krɔwaso b. Abaawa Afua ne Apɔnkye abakan …kɔyɛɛ abaayowa Abaawa […]

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CONSENT

Sometimes consent is a meteoroid around eyes It sparkles in orbit around and in eyes …starry …leading …lighting the path of needs …in a call which escapes not its owner II Sometimes consent is a song It is heard in the tone of a voice …shaky …breaky …melodious whispering Enchanting its owner in a royal […]

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THE BAD HIGH SCHOOL

All venture high schools …with tertiary or a universal goal in mind It is a climb whose turn takes the whipping of a soul Used-to-taste, unmaking itself is like skins in a knife peel Blood differ …so check yours before pushing it into a suffering …of poisonous suffocation Drugs brag their highs and hide their […]

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THE PRESSURE OF RELEVANCE

This virtual world …which has made for all a stardom stage Has gifted a curse II It’s hard to watch …as shadows struggle to drown eachother …to get into the light meant for all A pull and a push …a blast and a clap back …hatred and betrayal …nakedness and its madness …sins and their […]

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POLITICAL PAWN STARS

They used to come in cat forms …burying their wastes to kill distrust in their trusting Now they live like goats …caring not where their fecal balls scatter Why is their world growing to crude through rudeness …and forgetting the polite in the politics? The “e” surely shouldn’t have hidden in the riding Oh political […]

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FROM THE EYES OF THE SITTING ELDER

Child those who hurriedly opened their gates beneath them …to eat from the first fruit of Adam …to tear open their innocence End up killing most dreams with rushing diarrhea Becoming ghosts to success II Child A young heart needs time …to grow saucepan of maturity …to fit onto the fires of love So as […]

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TO THE COMPASSIONATE

If you do love …a struggling being And have looked above …their unfortunate scenes Here – …A HUG OF WORDS II If you’ve spoken …for a voiceless mouth And have broken …an unfairness mark Here – …A HUG OF WORDS III You are eyes …to a blind walker And a shield of lies …of their […]

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KISS AND TELL

0 A kiss and tell is a bad spell Which sells a yell of a sad pearl So bell out a tell of your kiss …to stop the hell of disgust’s tale a A kiss is a bliss Deserving no hiss to piss …off A Mister or a Miss …in a shaming gist b A […]

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CHACHA

Yɛde nwomasua ɛɛto chacha Ama ayɛ tesɛ ekro aa aprɔ sɛɛ pachaa Asresɛm ne sɛ …yeemia no wɔ akrɔkrɔ kwan so Yɛbɛyɛ dɛn atu mpong? II Obiara nim sɛ nwomasua yɛ y’atwideɛ a …y’ehia de afiri ahohiahia yi mu …akosi mpuntuo kro mu Enti deɛn nti na Ɔmama bɛ to kɔ benkum …na Opreman ni […]

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WOES OF A BROKEN SEEDED MOTHER

It is hard When it dawns on you and your sky turns dark It is bad When you look and see that a difference does mark You can never park Even as the world chases you to the ends of the mad Oh woes of a broken seeded mother! II Even in acceptance struggle Pointed […]

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THE FATE CROW

The fate crow Tore and flew a con That fear creeps Traumatizing folks like crazy Tell the farmers in crew Their forces need to close II As skies turn mask for the heavens And Satan turns mark of deceptions As sorries troll more for the hells And stories trick men into dominion Tell the fate […]

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SYSTEMS THAT NEVER WORK

Imagine owning a sun that never shines …clouds that never rain …air which never blows It is like systems that never work II Imagine having a dryer which never heats A piano without a sound A guitar without strings A spoon which cannot fetch a thing They’re just like systems that never work III What […]

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THE LOVE EXPERIMENT

Sometimes when two hearts stand at a sharing junction They become an unparallel duo The more expressive …the less retaining The less expressive …the more retaining That is why hurts stay longer in the latter …in an abrupt end II They are like sand and clay Although water quickly seeps through sand Clay takes its […]

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SICK

There is a trick to know the sick in the quick So leave no traces with temper II Obsession and aggression can’t always equal cantankerousness Competitive possessiveness …and by force need to top …aren’t always traits of conceitedness When a human acts lion in a sphere where even …a cat trait can easily win Put […]

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MOTHERING A MONSTER

Mothering monsters must make merry mournful …in memory II Mothering monsters might mock most …who moved mountains to make money …to mum those many moments III How does it feel To watch as the world Brands your beloved as unfeeling steel Armed with justifiable evidence? IV How does it feel To watch the world Rightfully […]

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STIFLED

N Need is what you’ve made yourself I ride on you …like a cross on a horse And you gallop my thoughts …to caves that save words to pave awesome ways …for my muse And create pain for my body’s abuse Never nested in a nauseous novelty like yours I Interesting is your silence Dark […]

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ƐYƐ W’AKOSUA KUMA?

Nana Nyame Totrobonsu …nyansa sene ade nyinaa nti na …obi Akosua kuma nnyɛ obi anum no Enti neɛ ɛmrɛ atukwan abɛduru wɔ nyansa mu yi …a kwajo hoho adwene gu so te wo nyansa so yi …wo nhunu sɛ, sɛbi, nkwaseɛ nwansena ɛɛguro wo nsɛmka ho? II Kyerɛsɛ Kwame Asikuma …bɛtumi asi n’agɛgɛ mu …agu […]

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AN OUTCAST

Ia Sparkly stars in close proximity …force eyes to close …with threats of blindness Even the intensity of a fire’s heat …determines the space between skins and their flames Higher souls suffer because their tougher spirits overpower all Causing the plight of most outcasts Ib He walks through the whispers …with unknown sources And tries […]

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THE TRUE RULE OF POWER

As you swing your power sling …like a king with no end strings And enjoy as your people sing As you treat them like your mere things Remember, the bells to your tenure ring And time will fling you off no matter how hard you cling Because power’s wings fall off a shoulder to the […]

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GROSS DEFENSIVENESS

It is laughable When a hand throws a ball to a wall …and it bounces back to hit his face to a fall Only for the hand to point at the wall …and curse a cruelty! It is gross …when one builds a bed of thorns …and is made to test its softness with his […]

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THAT LITTLE BIRDIE

Clouds that hang and never fall …block the shine of the sun …monopolizing the sky in a catastrophic doom So – …bullet that bothersome birdie …to break the ills that speed …with the air into people’s ears Causing suspicions left …right …up …down …and scattering the center with its mass weapon …of breaking trust II […]

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ONE AT A TIME

Amonu used her two eyes …to look into a bottle …and saw nothing Abochi used an eye …to look in same bottle …his other eye closed And saw its content Greed breeds seeds unfeeding II There are beautiful sights we lose …when each eye roams at will …this looking left …that looking right So focus […]

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BLAME GAMES

i. Armed robbers ii. Citizens iii. Entrepreneurs iv. Politicians v. Ghosts i Dem dey claim we be murderers! …Satan im workers! …wicked foks! …society demma bother! …trɛts? Na wetin be dat? Ha! When we be the sad football wey dey dis life field im top Ino be life every one wan live? Wetin free for […]

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THE COMMUNITY GOOSE

None asked how much the moon’s death yielded …him None asked his needs None even asked how he fared All they needed were theirs …and theirs …and theirs Adding anger to his fears …of stepping on toes …with his tired words II He was the community goose …a gander given a womb of provision …to […]

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NSƐMSƐM

Ei! …Mmɛnsɛm tumi de takashi furo nyanberansɛm …ko si adefokrom …ɛma akronkronfo nante kɔ tɔ ahohiahia kokomu Agyawaadwo! 2 Hwɛ sɛ abirekyie akɔka ɛgya ato obi fie mu …afa ne ho adi …ama odwan akɔka obi nsuo agu …ama abaa atu ne honam sɛɛ ho …awe! 2b Hwɛ sɛ ɔkraman adi abaa yiaw …ɛnam efi […]

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YOUR THOUGHTS (For Hon. Abla Dzifa Gomashie)

I’d like to be a vein in your thoughts To see what sadness for you has got To know what your weeping soul has bought …for your many thoughts II I’d like to be in your thoughts To hear the horrors in your heart As the call for casket closure booms Do your hurts now […]

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A CANDLE IN THE DARK

Here we are, in this camp of Burma Again, pushing the left overs of the human hawk Into the dust which waits to blend A lover in the whirlwind of emotions, wife in utter strife Family in the turmoil of loss Friends in the loss of laughter And onlookers …wrapped in thoughts of their ends […]

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ODOMANKOMAH’S FAIR CHECKER

Tell the rancher Forcing that horse to the river That he can drag it there But the keys to its throat only lies within it Will is the fair checker of Odomankomah II Tell that problem Dragging you like a sack through pages of mockery …right to the stages of taunts That it can drag […]