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WICKED BLESSINGS

Once upon a time, Mmoa ApɔnkɔWere submissive servants to all animalsThey served all without discrimination but Pigs screamed to authorities “ma wɔn nkɔ”Calling them all sorts of names including unanimalistic animals IIAnd so many other animals began to treat them like mmoa aseSaying they don’t deserve to have lives like theirsThey began to kill them […]

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ABUSERS AND THEIR AIDS

They act like the righteous ones needing praiseWanting the populace to think they are our culture’s higher raiseThey sing songs of the faults of the abusedWhen they are the ones who always have them emotionally usedThey act so so confused in the grips of the lawAfter causing the abused lifetimes of soreAbusers, that is their […]

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SERVANTS AND SERPENTS

Servants of serpentsSinners of SaintsSpoilers and soilersShepherds of Sacrileges IIGod gives glory to great giantsWorshipping with words He wordedGranting grace to givers and givees…of genuineness, granting glowing gratitude IIISerpents shall be served as suya for Satanic shacklesSoilers shall be shredded like shirts for shameful shepherdsShocks will shave the shamful shieldsTo show a shrinking season IVSo […]

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LIKE MY FATHER?

My father is the man who bids me farewell…thinking I’m headed to choir practiceAs I go cuddling with a son from a man he might never knowOnly to come back to his full embrace IIMy father is the man who will love meEven when I pick seed from sources I know notWill help look after […]

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NNOMAA

Nnomaa mu gu ahorow…nso wɔn nyinaa wɔ ntabanAkɔnfɛm ho yɛ hare sene akokɔNanso abronomaa kitiwaa yi tu faafaa kɔ wiemu sene akɔnfɛmAkɔkɔhwideɛ ho yɛ hene sene abrɔnomaaNso ɔkɔreɛ ho yɛ hu sene nnomaa nyinaa B.Nti mɛnfa wo ho ntoto obi hoWo su ne wo ban na ɛkyerɛ w’abrabɔ mu anigyeDwene, sua na hunu sɛnea wo […]

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STATE OF SOULS

There are times my heart yearns more for youThose times look like my presentImmobileReflectiveLonely even amidst crowdsAll my mind sees is youAll my heart remembers is youAnd I can imagine why IIYou left a vacuum needing a fillOn a journey which is like a road filled with thorns and snakesAnd I am beside myself with […]

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BREAKING A SPIRIT

Harsh words did create kids who hid to become timidHarsh words can rid a kid of self esteem to act so stupidSo in your bid to correct a kidSee the line between brutality and correctionSo as not to break a spirit with your actionsAmoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © November 25, 2021

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THE VERY PLACE THAT GIVES YOU LIFE

You haunt me for funYou kill me any chance you canYou cut trees which give me a homeAnd you burn them to deprive me of a homeYet you’re no iron, you’re like a helpless hue on a desert…a finless fish in the sea…a hopeless hunter in the air…a fallen flask on bare land III see […]

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SAVE ME FROM ME

I’ve lived three scores and moreMany who saw my birth did me, like all infants, adoreGreat expectations were their wishing choreTill youth showed me a drunken flirt and a colonial sore IISome kept hoping I’ll myself reformOthers thought they’d seen how hopelessly relaxed I was as I conformSome thought there will be nothing more to […]

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THE SHAPE OF ME

I will never give up a drop of tear…an ounce of pain…a few of my mistakes…an ugly scar…a little of shameFrom my past to live a perfect presentAs they all form the shape of me IIIt is my fall which helps me appreciate…the happiness and dignity of my riseIt is my shame which helps me […]

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YOUR SITUATION, NOT YOUR PREJUDICES

When you’re casting your vote next timeRemember Ghana is one place for allDifficult decisions demand difficult measuresFor a national problem knows no differences IIYou can be an NDC man arguing your disgust with an NPP man in a vehicleWhen the poor roads arrest the tires for fatalitiesYou will all face the tortureFor there is nothing […]

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PLAY A MAN

Play a manPlay a man like a drunken expert plays a canTo disturb the muse of his fanTill he claps for you like a well captured servant IIPlay a manPlay a man like a guitarStrumming his ego till its strings tearAnd hit its frame on a stoneTill its dead sounds hail you in worship IIIPlay […]

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WO GYAMFITE

Me mpɛ wo gya sɔMpo na m’akɔpɛ wo gyamfiteEnti abasa a kasa ahyɛ mu ma…fa w’adɔɛ kɔ w’anim fa kɔboa wɔn a wɔn bɛtumi asua w’aniwuo gya B.Me hunu sɛnea wo hyɛɛ Ababio aniwuoFirisɛ wo ma no baabi de no ti too yɛ …ɛbrɛ a ahokyerɛ kyekyeree no te sɛ kokomuniM’aniwa hunuu sɛnea wo supaa […]

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THE ESSENCE OF LIVING

Not all heroes have superpowers…fly in capes…walk with swords…gallop with horses…and appear like magicSome are live ordinary like us IIA pure water seller can save you from dying of thirst…she becomes your heroine A hospital cleaner can save you from an infection…he becomes your heroAn electrician can save you from being electrocuted…he becomes your heroA […]

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WHERE STRESS LIVES UNTAMED

In a space where many live between the rock and the hard placeTaxes now suck the air and belt the rock and hard placeTo squeeze lives out of the mostFor the wealthy to sit at their posts to host IIAnd so the hopeful now live with slaps of hopelessness The defensive now fall on the […]

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STRERROWS

Just when plants of happiness grow gayAs seeds of hope nurse in dismayTrees of pain sprout like mushrooms…to plight a dayBut I’ve seen so many days with this markAnd so I’ll live in the track of hopeAwaiting a clearance IIStrength is not mine to steer…but Odomankomah’sHe alone knows the make up of my bonesLife is […]

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HE WHO HIDES TO PLAY

Once upon a time, an akura…hid inside a small hole in a duaTo taunt and bully an Agyinamoa IIHe insulted him and called him kuraseniHe haunted him and said he, Akura, was an onyanseniAnd dragged Agyinamoa as an ofoaseni IIIThen a thunder did strike and divided the duaOnly to expose the little AkuraWho fell into […]

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TILL YOUR SUN SETS

The same sun which burns some leaves…nourishes others to flourishThe same rains which flood other lands…bless others in fertilityThe same moon which blows the covers off some people …bless others by showing them the waySo live optimisticSound optimisticAnd pray your fate meets the best in the worstFor life will be life and your strength…can never […]

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HOW YOU STILL REMAIN GOD

How do you live the God…remain God…and never get bored? IIHow do you wield a sword…as God…and never cut human cords? IIIYou see us like the teases we are…throwing dirt on your nameYou see us like the pigs we areBathing filth with your nameYou see us like the frogs we areHiding in horrid gutters to […]

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EYES THAT SEE

Once upon a time, aboa PatuoProphesied the fall of some lands to mouths of the nsuo…and was called musuoAnd so all animals chased it with etuoUntil he looked for trees with fuller hair to hide him from the murderous ekuo IITime went by and the people enjoyed their ɔbraUntil they saw waves which travelled to […]

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GHANANIBA

Ghananiba te sɛ atuduroOnsuro awia ɛne n’ahuhuroNanso ɛpɛ koraa ntumi nnyɛ n’adamfoEnti hunu sɛ ɛbɔ-fɔsuo a ɛnane yɛ nsuboɔ te sɛ n’atamfo B.N’aduane deɛ, ɛyɛ ofie ne fieN’abusuafoɔ ne no te sɛ nfɔtiɛ ne sieƆdɔ n’afahyɛ, dɔ n’asaDɔ ne ntaadeɛ, dɔ ne kasa D.N’aduanedie tumi kyerɛ n’adwenN’ataadehyɛ bu bɛ san tumi kasa kyerɛ n’adwenN’asa yɛ […]

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AS LIFE TEACHES

It seems like only yesterdayWhen my legs stood on heels to parade me aroundNow I look like a thing to decayAn empty tin which weakness has found IIIn my mind, I’ve gone all roundAs my legs use their heels to have their sayBut the reality still stands that mortality now has me boundFor a future […]

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THIS HUGE BUT TINY WORLD

Now the world lives in our handsSo long as we have eyes to touchLegs can restBodies can restAs fingers search to tell…with eyes IISo none can feign an unknowningTo neglect the plight of a neighbourNone can feign an unseeingTo neglect the cries of their people IIINow cities live in handsVillages live in handsA box of […]

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DANGER IN THE VOLTA

ElsewhereThe sea is traveling homePreceeded by its warning motors of waterTaking over roads and many a gutter IIElsewhereHomes sit in the warnings of the waterHumans having heard and seen but waiting for the sea’s slaughterAs home is that only place they sit IIIElsewhereThe powerful know the calamities which will follow the sea’s warningBut their kins […]

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KETA AND KETU – SOUTH

Adafianu and Agavedzi are being swallowed by KetaWhich has turned into a python swallowing homes wholeAdafianu, Agavedzi and many in Ketu-South are being devoured by KetaThey who have no legs to run stand like morsels to be swallowed whole IISurrounding villages watch in frightened modeNeighbouring beards burn, and their eyes seeSurrounding villages know they’ve lost […]

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IN THE SKIES OF THE UNKNOWNING

Ekuba’s mouth was busy“A woman who disrespects an ex is like a spoilt mopWhich was used to clean him upA man who has seen your nakedness deserves the highest respectAs for me, I will honour my manCurrent or ex as God instructed” III looked on like a non verbal toddler whose words have been hidden […]

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THE FILMERS’ WORLD

Mr. Antwi’s burning car was between the Addos and his houseOn the same street as those who filmedThey feigned shock and sympathyAs the man run from his bore hole to fetch waterNo one thought to helpAs they were busy answering to comments on their phones IIThen it caught onto both housesAnd Mr. Antwi rushed to […]

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SCENES AND EMOTIONS

When my life reaches its westIn nature’s bid for an eternal restWill my deeds reach their questIn a nod for all their best? IIAs life’s tides sway in fearAnd some hopes dash to jeersWill my will stand to bearAs my pride faces hooting cheers? IIILove runs deep, it also cuts deepAs I enjoy its fluttering […]

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YƐ SE YƐ SE

Yɛ se yɛ se tumi dua ɔtan wɔ ɔdɔ asaase soMa no fifiri nyini dane dua damfoɔ…a n’aduaba tumi te te sɛi asaase no B.Enti tie kɔ ka nyɛ adwuma menuaAdanse krumuu mu gyae ma me nka nyɛ nsɛmbɔ menua“Me tii sɛ” nsɛmkwaa nnyɛ asresɛm menuaEfirisɛ etumi bɔ ɔman …sɛi fieEtumi gu awareɛ …tete nnipa […]

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YOU MAKE IT DIFFICULT

You make it difficultYou make it difficult to write poems of heartbreaksEven though I’ve walked through the shadows of pain…and have felt the taunting tortures of disdainAfter love lost IIYou make it difficultYou make it difficult to remember the feelings of those timesThose times my hopes stood at the junction of zeroAs I cursed those […]

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TRUSTING A POOR MAN

A poor man is like a cat…grandma saidCuddly, affable, loving and obedientBecause money, like meat, is not in sight A poor man can act a fool…grandma saidJust to make you a financing toolLet the world open up to himAnd you’ll see the lion which hid in the cuddly cat You can be chasedYou can be […]

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A MIRACLELESS MAN GOD

I am here looking at your shockWith a face which can’t even find a space in this ironical mockTell me again your kind of stock IIYou sit at home all day like a handsome sofaWaiting for my hustled body and sweatTo come clean cobwebs, compound and cookAnd afterwards wash your dishes and your hands? I […]

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WHEN WERE WE EVER FREE?

“Growing upA girl was the company of a motherSmoke in eyesErrands on fleekSubmission tutorialsAnd ginger with pepper suppositories when a mistake repeatsNeed I talk about the slaps and whips and insults and curses? IIThen we grew into teens and blood reared its headDays of pain and grossness and segregationAfter that, household errands multipliedAnd chains of […]

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WHY GYATA HUNTS HUMANS

Once upon a time, aboa AgyinamoaLived with Gyata under the same roof in KoramoaThey were the loved pets of a womanAnd did everything to please her IIOne day, Agyinamoa saw Gyata…devouring one of human’s nguanHe went straight to her and reportedThe humans were livid because their nguan kept getting missing IIIThe humans chased Gyata into […]

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SERVING GOD

I will plant and respect trees like my missionAnd clean gutters for all to envision I will keep clean all water bodiesAnd push for recycling like a living truckI will live a life worthy of natureAnd have respect for its mothering structureThat is the worship I know…will please my Creator IIFor He can’t rest easy…knowing […]

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A LETTER OF THOUGHTS

There was a world many are pushing to be forgottenA world where the old lived the privilege of teaching as the young learnedA world where the skilled lived their experiences of leading apprentices and the latter learnedA world where morality had its defined parameters and the world compliedA world where love acted primary in marriages […]

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BRONYA NKOKƆ

Bronya a ɛreba yiBebree no aaa na ɛbɛdane amanfoɔ ayaase nkokɔAhwiaso tim! Dua so pim! Ɛhyɛn mu yim! Mangoase sim! Obi mantwea kim! Tokro bi mu bim! Dantuo bi mu fam! Wɔn a wɔn aniso bɛti wɔn na wɔn plɛti so nni mmɔfra su, …bɛ kɔ nnase asɔreNa wɔn a wɔn bɛ di nyinsɛn owene […]

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COMMON GROUNDS

As Pakistanis break the code of Kenya’s friendshipAnd France act roarers fearing a Russian takeover in MaliAs Ethiopia sacks UN representatives for meddlingAnd Ghana battles sensational and degrading newsUganda’s coffee people cry for a pull out…from world tradeWhat is happening to our world? IIMerciless rainsHot headed sunWicked windsVile volcanoesNo one is spared of nature’s angerYet […]

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STAGE OF EQUALITY

Horrible is a stage which brands all equalFor tongues varyWhile some speak in tandem with the mindOthers are held by emotions of the heartWhile some are used in the teaching of the massesOthers are used to feed off the shine of great classesOh how horrible a stage of equality IISee as ignoramuses challenge experts like […]

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A WOMAN WILL KNOW

When a woman loves a womanShe knows the import of a no…just based on how it is utterered IIWhen a woman loves a womanShe knows the meaning of her tears…just based on how it is shed IIIWhen a woman loves a womanShe knows the sensations in her body…just based on where it hurts IVWhen a […]

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FANATICS

He walked like a giant with a presence He looked like a perfectly made cartoon with an auraHe gave great vibes and had all heads turn…at his sight IIHe wore black jeans and a hoodieStopping all breaths for secondsUntil the pursuers surrounded himHe looked around, saw the sticks, machetes and dangerous faces …and raised his […]

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THE SORE DRAMAS IN OURSELVES

Sometimes we scratch ourselves without bitesGetting sores unwarrantedSometimes we push ourselves to slip and fallWithout a soul chasing our causeSometimes we act like lions without a jungleIncensed by none to act like foolsSometimes we sit on needles without a forceWounding ourselves IISometimes we run to tire without a reasonAnd breathlessly lose our sensesSometimes we stage […]

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YOU SAVIOUR’S MESSENGERS

I don’t need a saviour’s messenger to drive me to GodI don’t need a worrying human to act all boredI don’t need the threats of hell and fireI certainly won’t live in your desire III don’t need to wear the shoes of your beliefsI don’t have to be the opponent of your beliefsI don’t need […]

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WHY AN AKOKƆ TURNED KƆNKUKU

Do you know why Kɔntutu has a kɔnkuku?Once upon a time, aboa Kɔnkuku…was a normal AkokɔHe lived like a king until his parents turned into Bronya nkokɔSad and dejected, he decided to kill himselfAnd so he went to buy a rope for that cause IIHe tried first to hang himself on a duaBut his owners […]

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MƐ SOM ƆBONSAM

Mɛ som Ɔbonsam na m’ayɛ homhom fi me mpenaMe ne adiamone honhom bɛgro atuprɛ na me ne abayifoɔ abɔ tsatsaMe ne akronfoɔ bɛto pono na me ne atuutuufoɔ atwi mmomomeMɛ ne atwitwatirefoɔ bɛyɛ namfoɔ…na m’akyiran akronkronfoɔ B.Efirisɛ;Firi mere santeni nni a atenneneefoɔ de ɔko foro adebɔneyɛfoɔNsesaɛ biara ntutu mfiri yɛn man yi mu Efirisɛ;Mere bebree […]

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FOR THE RICH PAUPER

When your life is hardAnd your hard work’s luck seems badKnow…you’re a soul to glow IIWhen your mates live easyAnd your best’s world seems messyKnow…you’re the one to glow IIIWhen you trip where others flyAnd you fall where others stand tallKnow…your stage will call IVIn a happy sad worldAnd a painful sweet worldIn a win […]

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MEN AND ANTICS

If my shiny lips rub on your libidoMan so loose, check yourselfIf my bouncy breasts wake your monstersMan so fickle, hold yourselfIf my wriggling buttocks crack your jackMan so indiscipline, punish yourself If my short skirt forces you to sinI have no electric wire attached to youNeither am I a socket with a gun to […]

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WHAT IS IN A SIN

What is in a sin seen by the masses?Do immortalities have classes?Do we see our reflections when we stand with pious glasses IITell me the ingredients of a sinI thought it all landed us in morality binBut it seems the disgust of many is a castigating ginWhich drives many a drunk to commit just sinsAnd […]

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THE CHAUVINISTIC APONKYE

Once upon a time, aboa AponkyeLived his life disrespecting his wife by not even giving her akyeHe cheated on her, insulted her and disregarded her as a real aponkyeMany advised him to desist from his behaviourBut he insulted and asked them not to be her saviourUntil he got lost one day due to his misbehaviour […]

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BY YOUR VERY KING’S TOES

Young woman newly on love’s shoreYou see those eyes, that do you adoreWill find in your frame the morrow as a haunting choreSo slow downIn this love town IIFor you’re a flower and he is a beeHe wants your nectar and you seek foreverOh he is a hunter who wants to seeYou in a trap, […]