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DRAGGED

There is one of me I knowBut many of me than I wish to knowI try to live in a simple selfBut many drag me like a magical elfWhy?Just why? IISee me see troubleI live in a hot bubbleSome acquaintances call me childlessAnd see themselves as board members giving advices so endless“Why don’t you give […]

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KWAJO SIMPAH NHYƐ ME ABUFUO

Woretu me mu tokroƐregya me ɔdɔ koroNa w’asan de adwumasuru asom me surusurusuru agya me suroDe mma du adua me ahokyerɛ kuroA wo mma me kaprɛ mpo na w’ama me aburoKwajo Simpah, nhyɛ me abufuo B.Wo de ɔhaw ahyɛ me kabaDe ahokyerɛ ahyɛ me sliitiWo de ɔbrɛ abɔ me dukuAsan nso de ɛkɔm ahyɛ me […]

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LABOUR INTENSIVE

Whatever the meaning of adults being children before seeing the kingdom of GodI really need to know before serving GodWhat is it about children?They whose only currency is adorability which can’t buy zilchYet are filled with seeds of tiredness they sow in hands which tend to their wake to their belch…right to their sleepThey who […]

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2023

Just as old skin peels for newLet many blessings replace the fewLet every tear cancel a fearMay more joy scatter many a plotless ployMay high honours destroy every damning dishonourAs cherished cheers uproot all living leers IIMay the force of hardwork destroy all foundations of procrastinationEvery heartbreak turn loam to grow successEvery tongue learn to […]

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JUST TODAY

I was the rude woman who readied red eyes for a naughty manJust TodayI was the busy business woman who held a pen and held a bendJust todayI was the religious mother, calling on goodness to bless her kidJust todayI was the most patient of teachers listening to questions without a flinchJust todayI was the […]

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THE TAKER STORY

He took it from the groundIt was shiny, looked worthy and home boundHe cleaned the tiny dirt off itAnd made all chasing it think it was a hitSo they celebratorily cheered him for winning and forgot about itHe took it home and realized it wasn’t fit, for anythingSo he started to neglect itAnd eventually regarded […]

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WO TE PUUPUU A

Ɔmaa no ɛdanƐna ɔbɔɔ no ho banƆmaa no ɛhyɛnSiesie no ma no nyaa nsroma hyerɛnƆshɛɛ no dwaDe ahotɔ sii akongwa pa ma no yɛɛ n’agwaƆtoo no pono wɔ n’atanfo adwabɔ kɛse ponotireMaa anibere hyɛɛ n’atanfo mfifireNso no nyinaa akyire yi noƆde mpamu yareɛ kɔdiawuo yi bi sanii noNti wɔ wo fufuo di Na puupuu no […]

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A WORLD OF BLAME

The world is a big ball of blameBecause wierd things get the utmost fameImagine people acting as demons and hating on others because we’re not the sameImagine people acting weapons to hurt others and thinking it a gameImagine people acting as animals to bully others and thinking that they “came”…to the table of the “lame”Deemed […]

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AKRƆNFO NE WƆN NAMFO

Ampa sɛ ɛmoa a wɔn takra sɛ tu mmrɛ krɔEfirisɛ ɛkameayɛsɛ wo nyɛ ɔkrɔnfoɔ a wonni namfoɔƆbarima teneneeni bi tenaaseƆyɛɛ n’adwene sɛ ɔnni bɔneEnti n’abaanguaso no, w’angye adaamude biaraEbi yɛɛ wɔn ho nguan kɔ sɔɔ no hwɛɛ yɛEbi yɛɛ wɔn ho gyata kɔ hunahuna noEnso ogyinaa pintiin tesɛ onyina…a ɛnsɔhwɛ biara aammɔ no anhwe hɔ […]

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GOD IN WRONG PLACES

Is beginning becoming an endAnd an end becoming a beginning?I ask because mouths can’t seem to defend…things eyes are seeingAs many evils contend…with piety without meaning IIWhy am I seeing God on faces of fornication?Why is God in the cries of many a corruption?Why is God sitting on thrones of thieves?Why is God the spice […]

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SIKANI NE OKUANI

Mmere bi a atwamuWɔ Amansie AbibiremuOkuani bi kɔɔ osikani bi hɔ kɔpɛɛ mmoaOsikani no hwɛɛ no dinn frɛ no nnipa mu aboaSan ka kyerɛ no sɛ w’ayɛ te sɛ nnipa mu kɔntoaA ohia adane ahama akyekyere ne kɔnEnti ontumi nfa ne sika a w’awidare ne mogya ani apɛMma no efirisɛ onim sɛ ontumi ntua IINa […]

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THE WHITE WOMAN HE CRAVED

Kwaku Fosu always said he wanted to marry a white womanHe did say he disliked everything about a black womanHe who was brought up like a fowl being rearedHe who roared even in conversations and was sorely feared…by all IIKwaku Fosu did meet a nice white womanAnd worshipped her in front of every black womanMaking […]

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YENOM

A. II buy the cars…and gain fame in barsI can be in jarsAnd cause traumas with warsII can change paupers with swagsAnd break relationships with nagsI am who I am with ‘n’ as my middle letterYou can peg me with a niddle, I betBut I don’t break any sweatI can suffer depending on my punisher […]

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WHERE ARE THE VIRGINS?

You stand at the crossroads of middle age and old ageAsking questions not meant for a sageThinking the one you’re searching for is in a cageMeant to be opened by a godly adage on a sacred stage You know the answer that can turn your page II‘Where are the virgins?’ You askThey are frozen in […]

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I HAVE SUFFERED

I have sufferedI have suffered from exploits and horrid huntingHuman hunters have haunted and hunted my humansTo a point where it was dauntingFunny how their ends have turned my beings to love their earnsRunning into their slave ships with their own legs III have sufferedI have suffered from heads heading as tailsParading many failsAnd splashing […]

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So Unfair (Cedi-dollar War) Episode 3

My salary is 400 cedis a month. I used to pay four Ghana cedis to and from work every day, but now I pay ten cedis on a normal day, and fifteen cedis on a busy day when troskis decide to ply through short distances. Yes, they will say from Number 5 to Abeka, then […]

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ƆKRAMAN AHOBRASEƐ

Kotodwe biara a egu fɔm nɛ wɔ daakye ahomasoEnti susu bɔ ɔkraman ahobraseɛ abasoNa animguaseɛ ankɔ guare wo wɔ akagyinamu dan akyi B.Ɛnɛ anobrɛbrɛ wɔ daakye atiatiaEnti susu gyegye onibie ti na twa kyɛwpa so tiatiaNa w’ankɔhwiri gyideɛ a ɔmanfoɔ wɔ wɔ wo mu D.Efirisɛ nnipa bɛtumi ayi n’ani ato wo tuo te sɛ ɔbɔmɔfoɔAma […]

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Dollar Ne Sedi Ntɔkwa (Akan Nwoma a Ɛtɔso Mmienu)

Mpayinbɛ ɛbɛ, “Obonto nfa ne ho mmɔ nkawa” nti na m’asonsɔn me ho saa de abɔ m’abrabɔ bɛ si nnɛ a, m’ahunu sɛ ɛntumi ntintam yi. Me bɔɔ mmɔden buei akasa anoma sikakura ne tua bea a abrɔfo frɛ no spase to spase yi bi wɔ Mmepɔ so. Ababaawa a meretena me ho ase na […]

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A Scary Place to Live (Ghana) The Cedi-Dollar War – Episode 2

You ask me why he is like this? My husband has never been like this. He has always been energetic, responsible and so full of life. When I met him, he was a high school teacher making barely two thousand cedis a month. I watched him rise through poverty to our current state, well former […]

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Dollar ne Sedis Ntɔkwa (Akan Nnwoma a Edikan)

Ɔdɔ, hwɛ me sutɔɔr yi mu, ayɛ brɛhwaa te sɛ akumkum akumkum kwan so. Bisa me sɛ adɛn? Onua, efiri Kolona o sɛ Kovil o sɛ deɛn mmerɛ so no, me ne sika da hɔ mpo na m’akonya bi de atotɔ nnuɔma abɛgu me sutɔɔr yi mu. Enti adomfoɔ a na me di dwa wɔ […]

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Stripped and Flogged- The Cedi-Dollar War Episode 1

I was doing well as a fried yam, turkey tail, chicken and sausage seller. I had a beautiful table, a big sieve and some benches and tables for customers to sit and enjoy their meals. I was neat and hardworking so my customers loved me very much, until I fell ill during the Covid era. […]

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PAUPERING PERKS

Preaching-for-pesewa poor people please payersPaving paths for plushy preyersPinning points for pitying and pushingPulling planks for pieces of papersPerks push peace around paupering parksAnd ply paces with petty pistols of punishmentsPlanting power like plaintainPushing pain, replacing gain…in plush generational pinchesAmoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © October 27, 2022

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STOP AT THE RIGHT STATION

I. We must learn to park the vehicle of our responsibilityAt hard work’s respected stationSo we can avoid the cringy situationOf anger turning humans into lions to hunt our stability IISometimes we take responsibility …for failures falling far from our fencesSo the light of our good works can be our lenses…to help our sights drive […]

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THE VAGINA HAS NO MARKET AGAIN

Sometimes, many old and wise mouths, have the most crude adviceSometimes being crude is a great deviceTo save saints sadly sinking into sillinessAnd so she told her to her faceTo work herself to a future happinessAs the vagina has no market again in this place IIShe was twerking like an alikotoBelieving in a fairytale so […]

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ODOMANKOMAH PLEASE LISTEN

A.Odomankomah, please listenI am sitting here clothed by darknessMy mind naked on the streets of needAsking if I can succeedLike a seed on droughted landIn these times when the cedi is falling…like a blind man into a hollow holeAs my income dwarfs against this gigantic economy B. Abohunu Abobirim, please listenNeeds slap me like a […]

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THE GENDER FEUD

A. Ama says a man has no right…to a woman’s body let alone tell her how many kids to haveHe certainly has no rightSince a woman’s body is hers to loveThis caused a huge fight B. Kwaku says a man must have a sayAnd a woman must surely obeyIn giving birth to children a man […]

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A WOMANIZER’S HEADACHE

A womanizer is like the chased fatherWho can neither rest nor sleep around his teensFor he knows the trash others like him holdIn pursuance of his spermal goldHe even misses those who are God-fearing and boldThinking all, like him, hold the womanizing genes so cold IIAnd so they bark when their teens leave homeThey roar […]

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KARMA’S DISCRIMINATION

A snake might love the taste of its tailUntil it gets to its headIt might love the flutter of its hailUntil it feels the bite closer to its head IISo you snakes, go on and chewThinking this nation belongs to you fewWhen our sky droughts of its dewAnd the land loses its resourceful hewDo not […]

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LET A WOMAN TELL YOU

Let a woman tell you how to love herListen not to the chaff others shareLet a woman tell you how to love herAnd you’ll find one who will be so dear IIA man can never tell you what is in the heart of a womanAnother woman ‘may’ be able to tell you what is in […]

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NARCIBANDS

He said I am not opening a mini storeTo be given a thousand and four…hundred a monthWhen I am also paid every month IIHe said I should live by my salarySo my husband can build with his salaryTo give me and mine a place to liveWhile emphasising his freedom to leave IIIHe said a man […]

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GHANA ASAASE SO ABOFUNU

Ɛgya nnim ɛsrɛ mu nsronsronyɛƐnso asaase di ɛhyiɛ akyi afura mfa-me-ho ntamaSɛ aniwa hwɛ apueyɛ kosi atɔyɛNa adwen de aniwa sini dane sumyɛ aNa ɔhaw adane ekuro retutu honompa ani B.Teaseɛnam kwan bɔne nnim Asantenfoɔ ne Ntafoɔ mu nsrosroyɛNanso amanyɔfoɔ de akwanyɛ adane tomamenyɔNtomtom nnim sikani ne ohiani mu nsronsronyɛNso asiesie mpanyinfoɔ ati ada…ama ntomtom […]

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KOKROMOTI TUMI

Anomaa bi su sɛ da bio bioEnti ani na ɛbɛhwɛ na ano nka bioSuban tantan a akantan w’akoma so ama wo di atwitaan tumi, Aso brakyiɛ a ɛbutu afutuo biara efisɛ wo di tumi, Ɛbɛtukwan akosi wo srɛ mrɛ soƐhɔ na kokromoti bɛkyerɛ wo ne akɛsifo tumiDe ahwan wo to de ahwi animguaseɛ boɔ soAmoafowaa […]

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THE APPLAUSE OF LOSS

AI,…am the boss…will you toss…and be your cross B.I,…am your floss…will show you gross…and be your loss C.I,…am your applause…will create your laws…and give your clause D.So know your stanceIn your circumstanceDon’t be askanceAnd lose your danceFor I am Public Opinion; your downfall and your chanceAmoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © September 28, 2022

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OPEN PALMS

Open palms have nothing to hideSo it fears not the chide of a hard rideAnd sits relaxed in horror mark tides IISo let vultures wait on carcassesAs lions feed on the weak massesLet woodpeckers dig into innocent treesAs strays steal honey of hardworking beesLet dogs bark off the unknownAs the powerful see to the unconforming’s […]

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THE THOUGHTLESS GOAT

Once upon a time in OwuruponThere lived a vast and beautiful NsuponWho loved all who toured herAnd protected those who respected herHer caretaker, Nightingale, tutored all on not stepping on her bad sideBut Goat, who wanted to be the caretaker failed to abide IIGoat waited to contest the yearly electionAnd lost due to lack of […]

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WE’RE NOT OUR MOTHERS

Times when women were ragsSat and cried as many a man bragsLived in duress for societal dragsFeared the words “not submissive” and hagsHave long passedWe’re not our mothers IITimes when a man could deny his seedTravel and live as a woman painfully feeds his seedWait for time to bring elders to help him pleadTurn on […]

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KAPRƐ

Me deɛ me nni kaprɛ…na m’anya nsatofrɛEnti m’ani na me de me rehwɛ…mmofra a mpanyin bɔne ɛregoro wɔn te sɛ atoprɛ BMe deɛ me nni kaprɛ…na y’agye m’enkyerɛkyerɛEnti m’ani hann na me de rehwɛAdehyeɛ a wɔn ɛrepri nkoa dibrɛ D.Ei me wɔ kaprɛ…na y’agye m’adwenkyerɛ?Enti me yɛ dɛn kɔ tia nkoa a wɔn rekyekyɛ…adehyeɛ agyapadeɛ? […]

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THE HAUNTED CROWN

She has answered the final callShe who used and played us as ballAnd mined us to decorate her hall IIShe has answered the final callShe who took and made us look dullSeeing to brutalities whose benefits made her full IIIShe has answered the final callTaking with her our riches…and leaving us in old and torn […]

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LONDON BRIDGE HAS FALLEN

London Bridge has fallenA moon has fallen at noonLondon Bridge has fallenA mighty is at rest in her cocoonLondon Bridge has fallenWill the tears follow soon?London Bridge has fallenClear your eyes to watch her call IIAll will heed to the callingNone will be like stone to swerve this callingEven this bright London Bridge has fallenScattering […]

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CONQUERED KINGS

It is not all kings who ruleSome are put on many prestigious stools as many a foolUsed as crippling tools as they bend to work as bullsWhile their pains are forced fenced with brick smiles around tear pools II.It is not all queens who are usedMany a supposed-users are sorely abusedIn the darkness of their […]

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POOR PREYERS

We preyWe prey on the same people we wereIn our pastHoping our future will be crowned with wealthBut that future will be same as our pastIf not worse IISo look not down upon the poor townCrown no frown to force a bowFor the poor with good name…lives best in kind hearts through their handsBut the […]

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IF I GO BACK TO BEING YOUNG

If I go back to being youngI will know exactly where I belongWhere love trailsAnd I could tell a thing to a she who failsTo see a heart that uses her as its gong III know now that almost all who claim to hate callsAre in the womanising mallsI know that all who treat their […]

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AT SUSANA OFORI-ATTA

Standing right in front of Susana Ofori-AttaYou see twin tanks feeding the records buildingAnd a single tank threatening to fall…but still heeding to the thirst call…of the newborn hallA staircase opens its arms to the deceptive summer hutBut has a doorknob with rules oh so fatMany stories hover in front of EmergencyAnd rumours carry them […]

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UNCANNY WORRIES

All my complaints in life now lay on mats of unimportanceAs my eyes travel across the length and breath of this healing placeChildren saddled with ails unfairParents wearing the looks of fearMaking God seem like a myth without careSuddenly, the money for my rent dissipates from the list of my despairThe money for my fees […]

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THE PUSH ROOM

Society makes beautiful what it needsAnd surely makes it what it feeds…to the massesWho feed fat on it into classesWhich transports deviants with its strength into abominable bussesThat’s not to say society serves no goodIt sure is central to our growth’s food…and sets the generational moodBut leaves a lot yet to be understood III thought […]

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PEOPLE IN FINANCIAL PANDEMIC

We wince while wailing And wake to the pain of more painWe sit in a pit of snakes which bite usWith promises of remoulding usEven as we work like bullsAnd are fed like antsWe are who we arePeople in financial pandemic IIHow can our wages walk behind our yearsAs our toils rush past our fears […]

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CHURCH AGENDA

I will go to church todayAnd act just like a spider weaves its webI sure will pluck that drummer on the Praises TeamWith this golden voice and a holy beamAnd shame all the eyes which chase my targetAlthough my voice is higher than a guinea fowlI’ll make it soft like a flirting dove’sAnd I will […]

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MAN, KNOW YOUR PLACE

Man, know your placeYou’re no human to act Nana Nyame…telling tales of how a woman must live…must dress…must eat…must birth…must nurture…must act…must love…must walk…must talk…must sit…must workBecause instead of a deep hole of lifeYou only have a shooter which knows not its depth IIWhen you talk like a parrotOn the wellbeing and body of a […]

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ON THE TABLE OF KINGS

Gluttons on tables of kingsMake absurd royal words meaningful to their kits and kinsAnd like dogs, go a long way to push their slingsJust to stay and grow more chins IIAnd so truth becomes their foeKnowledge is pushed in waters belowFacts are hidden by a conscienceless big toeFairness is shot by their arrow and bow […]