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THE DAY TRUE DEVELOPMENT BEGINS

When there arrives a dayFor all heads to sayWhat they’re paid to sayWhen there arrives a day for words of leadersTo lead the path they’re paid to leadWhen there arrives a day for the highestTo respect decisions of the higher and high to even the lowWhen there comes a day-A day all followers will out […]

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Ashawo Diaries Now on Kindle

My newest book, Ashawo Diaries, is now on Kindle! Please get yours. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FH9T7M6/ Here are some of the reviews: The titillating intrigues of a good bad girl…delightful reading: sometimes light, sometimes dark; always with ponderous insights! – Koku Dotse Ashawo Diaries makes for engaging reading, and beyond connecting with earlier literary forebears, it is important to think […]

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GOD’S DEFIANT BEST

God is sitting beneath the earthWatching his religious teachers…embark on senseless demonstrationsStomping feetClapping handsShooting words in gun onomatopoeiasDemanding for materials through fair or foul meansHoping to be shielded by the holy ghostAs they get away with crimes IIGod sees all you school prefects of churches…under the skirts of sisters…in the trousers of brothers…under sheets of […]

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IN YOUR EYES

In your eyesSighs turn to wave their goodbyesAs a couch awaits in a home I see deep within…with laps ready for my head…and hands ready to lovingly tap me to sleep IIIn your eyesLies I tell myself die with their ugly criesAs a cold bed beckons my warm bodyA smile without hidden qualmsA balm for […]

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ABAHYƐ PRƆYƐ

Abayɛn te sɛ kɛntɛn a yɛde kɔ nsuoSa deɛ wo bɛ sa nsuo noNso ɛbɛ fɔre atɛkyɛ ɛwɔ amansan akwansoNa nso nsukɔm eeku wo fie foɔEnti tete wo ba yie…na onsiesie wo fie B.Ɛyɛ diɛn nti na awofo adane boa-pia-bɔneAmanyɔfoɔ adane boa-foa-ɛne-duduɔsoAmanaman ani adane yɛɛ-boa-tumidefoɔAma nkwadaa bɔne adane akyerɛkyerɛfoɔ adesua yi? D.Ɛnɛ yi…abaa ntia ba […]

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THE HELP YOU TAUNT WITH

Many have eyes but no achievement destiniesSo they hide their help…in complaints of flawsWhile some great others have eyesSo see talent and flush their emotions…to work them to their good…writing their names in history **I knew me from the guttersThe me whose mind was a mine…waiting to be worked onThere were many who passed snide […]

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STONES AS STARS

0When vultures force themselves…into the skin of dovesCarcasses needed to be fought for…reveal their true nature 1How do you feelAs revelations whip you to a stopOnly to let you know your motivationWas inspired by dust-in-eyes…clothed as a sparkling jem?Those sheep following pigs acting elephantsJumping for unreachable tree barks…breaking innocent branches…stomping on weak roots…and digging through […]

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KEEP YOUR WOW

Mouths have no brakes on any take…tongues will stir your issues like fufu…as teeth poundEyes will watch even in your sleep…reporting your snores…marking your turns…noting your wakes…jubilating in your nightmares…and mostly frowning at your smilesSo keep your wow…and let them keep asking how IIOnly those who study themselves to know their best…succeedOnly those who wield […]

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WHAT IF YOU MISSED IT?

Sleep of ignoranceHave seen many wake up…after blessed rainsMissing the favour of harvesting waterAnd saddled with mud from the ground of regretsPlease you, look and grab…before it’s too late IIYou complain of the drain and strain…of lonelinessWhen your neck is stiff from looking in just one directionWhat if your fate sits behind you…as you drill […]

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THE FARCE OF REVOLUTIONS

Until goats go on floats…demonstrating against gloats…of them in full boats…heading to abattoirsPeace will act deceased in this world obesed by hatred IIUntil chickens sleep their dawns…and receive crows from humansUntil horses ride their “owners”…till the soles of their feet lose their soulsUntil trees peel the skins of man…to boil for the healing of their […]

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SATAN CAN’T BE BOTHERED

I have been in the shoes of SatanAnd I must tell youYour prayers are no fire to burn his desiresYour claps are no traps to hunt his lifeYour stomping only hurt your legs…and not his pateYour guns have no gutsy bullets…which can walk his compound let alone harm a hair on his headYour bombs are […]

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IF ONLY WE CAN BE BRAVE

From fists of fate…fly flies of falsehoodsForking flocksFlipping farcesFrosting feet to fear defeat IISo hurdles win our wealthAs our hardwork is buried in our insecuritiesMaking us part of hurdles’ ownedJust because firmness fires not from the graves of our heartsIf only we can be brave! IIISo you’ll see mansions’ ownersHiding away in corners…on the floorAs […]

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ABAYI KYEREFOƆ

Sɛ obi da a…ontumi nkyerɛ obia ɔndaObi nforo afasuo nkɔhunu n’apampamu a…ɔbɛyɛdɛn akyerɛ anim anim ɛkɔduru hɔ?Asɛm sɛbɛ! AbAbayifoɔ ne wɔn a wɔdi nkɔntrɔ!Abayiwa ne wɔn a wɔ sua nkɔntrɔ te sɛ ntɔrewa…de kɔ afieafie mu kɔtɔn…de gye nsɛmkadinAbayibonsam ne wɔn a wɔgyina abayikwaadu a eni ngyinasoɔ so…pra pra…sɛi…kum bimdifoɔ a wɔde adwumaden ɛbɔ wn […]

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THESE DAMN CURRICULA

He is heckled as a hoax…who hoots at his own by hiding it…playing down on it…dismissing it…denying itWhile hailing cultures whose existence nullifies hisSo change these damn curricula IIMany a wise linguists have walked our landBut we choose Aristotle…and value ShakespeareWe use others as our courses…and spice it up with few of oursSo how will […]

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BELIEVABLE LIES

We love believable lies…compared to unbelievable truthsSo we live in the lies and kill our truthsWhile praying through false channels…for positive resultsWhat is the formula for this crude mathematical hope? IINo one lies happily in lies…and expect to be comfortable in the grave of truthBodies and minds get comfy…with what they’re fed as time adjusts […]

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TOO MUCH TO PAY

“We build the field we grazed…before moving on to build us”Were the words which were the chewing sticks of eldersSo we lived like robots…and grew indebtedWe pay our debts…and are blindsided by time…which wheel us to old age and buy us rage…before our awakeningJust because we have too much to pay IIMother’s joint balmsFather’s eye […]

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WONDERMENT

They say life is not a race True Life is a teacher with a strange whip One that whips you when you trip By making all fake friends die in time of need Only to resurrect in success II They say light decorates a tunnel’s end True Because it gives excuses to all those lost […]

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WHY DIFFERENCE BECAME A FEAR

Once a god created a mouseIts squeaks made men meekBut time showed its destructivenessAnd same men began to freak out IIThen the god created a catIts mews wowed mankindIt also went after the mouseForgetting same god created themGetting applause and pats from humansTill fascination turned into indifferenceAnd mankind called for another kind IIIThe same god […]

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PREACHING THE PAGAN

“Prempeh My pastor says paganism is prison of soul Its profit is pain Its purpose is pitiable And its pleasure is a plague So you must convert or lose me” Mercy Opoku says without lifting her eyes to meet his II Conflicted, Prempeh prepares to meet her pastor on a rainy day He sits in […]

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SAD OXYMORONS

Ignorant teachers!Lawless lawyers!Partial judges!Murderous doctors!Farmless farmers!Flightless pilots!Unbankable bankers!Unpresiding presidents!Actless actorsWriteless writers!Unselling sellers!Driveless drivers!Wayward preachers!Snake sisters!Brutish brothers!Murderous children!Unprofessing professors!Are all like loveless lovers…cheating their ways into revered statusesHiding behind the cloak of fake tiesDeceiving the trying to fry in regrets…of not doing enough IIWhy is our habitat turning into a tree…with wingless birds?Why are chickens acting […]

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DIƐ EHIA

Ntorɔ ne ndaadaa nyɛ ntɔriwa ne mako …na yɛde ato amamuo so anua apotɔ de ayɛ ɔman nkwan Ahunahuna nyɛ akofena …a yɛde adodɔ mpanyindie kwan ama wɔn a wɔhia so nantiɛ Saa nso na ntrɛne nyɛ atwedeɛ …na yɛde afro akosi amanmuo adaeso mu Enti yɛnfa adwene mpiri ɔman yi mu som b. Sɛ […]

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ALL IN REGRETS

There is a bunker in every soulWhere dreams, never to be realized screamParcelled in regrets never to be mentionedRegrets which add their marks to eyes…always as sadness IIThere is a basement in every spiritWhere aspirations see their expirations…through impossibility asphyxiationsAsphyxiations caused by fear…judgements made and unmade…procrastinations…failure’s future fussesAdding tears to pillows…like dawn dew added to […]

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A PART OF MOTHER

A part of mother feels very numb When news of her children molested and murdered are reported Because she is a farm untended A blessing intended And a sure blossom which must be attended …to II A part of mother feels odd When news of her regal children report them slaves For she has comfort […]

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THE LOVER I WANT TO BE

I don’t want to be your weaknessNeither do I want to be your meeknessI want to be the strength you use…to counter all abuseI want to be the guts you get…to fly your success jetI want to be that light in your dark…to help you make your markI want to be the energy you get […]

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ENOUGH OF THE DRILLS

Let the hurdles be still So I can, a little bit, chill And rest my poor bleeding quill Halt all the haunting bills So they stop dangling, in my mind’s eyes, murderous pills …which give cold chills For I have been through enough drills II There are flowery lives …I want to taste There are […]

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PLACES

Probity is placing people in places …and keeping pace to let them power II There is the sun for days …and moon for nights When a sun appears in the dark It is like humans walking with their pates …an anomaly The moon knows it can shine not in the day Even a little overstay […]

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THE UNTHINKING WISHMASTER (A Fantasy Poem)

There is chaos in heavenAn earthling who is monstrously driven…is in a perplexing sickness hiddenHer soul wandering in the desert of the desertedAs she prays naked…taunting God to dare watch what He created at factory settingsGod Himself orders four giant angels to guard and guide her…till she fights fair in life IIThe struggling soul seeks […]

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THE COMMON FOE MEMBERS

They bonded…bonded on their hatred like pins on a magnetThey bonded…drawn together by their anger towards him like flies on fecal matterThey bonded…overlooking their personal clashes…promising to crash and burn their foe into ashesAnd so they schemed and haunted himIn that big office IIThere was always tensionWhen they sat together for a moment without his […]

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EKURO A ENWU

Ekuro a enwu tesɛ aboa ohuruyɛƐma wo ɔyiaw wɔ ne nkekamuNa ama wo anidaso wɔ ne nhuhuyɛ muNso nhuhuo ne nkeka no bɛdi asesa saa kosi honam mprɔyɛ muSɛ honam no ansɔre anfa anibere ankum aboa no aEtwa no nnya ahotɔ daSaa na yareɛ koankrɔ yi akɔyɛ BYɛde ɔbrɛ akata anibrɛ soAma mmrɛ ɛɛyɛ yɛn […]

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NSAKO’S EGO

/Kojo Nsako lived like an angry king in his houseAlways tormenting his spouseAsking her to leave his houseIf she felt like a mouse in place of his spouseMaame Adobea bore it allAnd lived humbly through many a roaring call //He did as he pleased and cheatedHe shouted as he wanted and defeated…herMany were those who […]

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A CYCLE OF HOPELESSNESS

Some people burned their skins …to begin a healing in your favour Some fried their hearts in painful guts …to lay a foundation for you to build But you’re now on the field …playing blame games …digging out the already laid …neglecting the land and emboldening enchroahers 2 One will feel you will scar you […]

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE

See …he loves differently Raining dew to sew warmth …in my cracks II See …he loves differently …giving me space to trace my aces Making his valid cases in my accepting paces III See …he loves differently He craves my arms and trusts their strength …and loves my chest as a treasured pillow IV See […]

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SUNS AND DAYS

Some suns rise …they rise through clouds Some suns rise …they rise through rains Some suns are lucky …to rise through clear skies But some suns …some good good suns never rise to bless their days Still all are suns worthy of mention II Some suns shine They shine through their clouds Some suns shine […]

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ANSWER THE CALL

Sometimes a cock crows to call for help …not to wake the sleeping Sometimes a dog barks in its own danger …and not to alert its owner of the approaching Sometimes, just sometimes Even eagles fall and break their wings …their walk is not a call for laughter and slaughter …but a call for a […]

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GOD’S INSTITUTION

Once, A man strayed like a cat …into a pleasure realm unmeant for him Leaving his realm of gold a scattered mess Rains of sadness met her beauty But many a higher mind met …and called on his realm to forgive the mess And she complied II Twice, The same man strayed to eat in […]

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OPINION SHOOTING

I thought common sense …has written boldly that stance determines chance …and enhance the dance of thoughts and tongues But tongues wag in nags to push our nation …to lag behind By engaging in tug of wars …dividing many a gullible in their support And forcing nobel hearts and capable minds …to climb the fence […]

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AMANYƆSƐM

Abodin ne nsamrane Ammodin ne amaniɛ Mmataho ne amanie Ɛyinom n’adani amanyɔsɛm b Nso nka amanyɔ akandifoɔ te sɛ kukuo a esi gyaso Ɛgye adwene adwene ahoɔden …nua de ben ɔman Nso ɛnɛ yi …adane anokwa …bɔhyɛ hunu …ntrɛne …kɛtɛasehyɛ efra prɔyɛ ntama kɛseɛ d Nea ankasa yɛse ne hoo …ɛɛgye nsɛmbɔ Nea anka yɛfrɛ […]

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FEAR AND WORK

A little spark of fire …can raze down a living desire …of a successful empire Put Corona in place of fire And you’ll see the problem for its worth; dire II When fear tiptoes around a working mind Mistakes take wheels and grind Which soul can sit through danger …not only of self But of […]

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VILE VULTURES

They hang on top of tall trees …like shadows in the dark Their noses on radar …searching for who and or what will fall In order to swoop down for feasts II They are the best friends of death …those vultures! They are one of the biggest benefactories of death …those vultures! They are part […]

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AN ODE FOR EDDY

When humans play life’s pet And their good suns set They leave memories of their shine And cause their beloved to whine That’s the analogy you’ve left behind …in my mind II I hear the pleasing sounds of impeccable English I hear the beautiful sound of a laughter so ticklish I see your shadow even […]

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PLAY A GOOD TRUMPET

Play a good trumpet Not one with rusted channels …and broken tunnels To stop you from turning puppet …on a fool’s set II Play a good trumpet So you can cut the cowering clowning …of your sewing tempers Just as the sun lights the earth …at a good positioning Your posture tells your stature III […]

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THIS COVLIVING

0 Why future’s bells rang not …in warning Why a virus’ wires sparked not …for a knowing Why many a fear piled on pates after pates …to distort our fate Drive madness on killing roads …in fearful vehicles 1 We must go and we must come We must sell and care for our kids We […]

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BAMBOOS AND THE WOODPECKER

Once upon a time, Bamboos were the most feared plants in the forest They wore their honour like warriors And were ready to fight any leaf, …any branches …any stone Which as much as touched their sticks Even rains were not spared their brunts II One day, A very desperate woodworker was roaming the forest […]

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MAN AND THE JUNGLE OF AHODWO

In the beautiful jungle of Ahodwo, Man killed the Dragon King, leaving the jungle to mourn and prepare for a replacement enstoolment. Since the Dragon King was the last of his kind, the king-makers decided to choose the next king from the cat family. They were considering either Lion or Tiger but decided to let […]

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TOO TIRING

I’ve waited on you for a decade Hoping for stability Praying for the station in your love nation But you keep switching off and on Making me stuck in your mud …and never moving on I need you to please stop now …this play of here and there II Please don’t act like waves …courting […]

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NUFU MPƆNƆ ƐNE ATUFO AFRƐFRƐ

Wa wrɛ wo ho te ɔpramire Ɛdetwɛn sɛ wo honam hyɛnhyɛn bɛ woso obi ama n’atu wo sɛ emire …a esi esie so Ɛmre da wo honam pɔ yi so oo b W’ahyɛhyɛ wo to Ahyehyɛ wo bo …tesɛ Tafo akutu a abuo Aso wo pɛsɛ obi dɔ ka wo hyɛ ebuo mu? d Mpenatweɛ […]

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INFOCOMEDICS

Once, Fruits fought for fairness Fainting and fencing Fisting and flapping Saying threat loomed because Pawpaw was made the king of the Fruitdom II Some fruits nitpicked on the everchanging colour of Pawpaw Claiming he was like an animal …green in youth …yellow when ripe …brown when rotting …black when destroyed It annoyed many others […]

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CHOOSE YOU

There are many instances love turns sour Spreading through all corners of head and heart a sore …always pushed to the fore I believe no rat should live with a cat Because in famine, one will use the other for sacrifice We all know who will lose II In a situation where you have to […]

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UNDER THE SOKOTO BRIDGE

“I’ll meet you under the Sokoto Bridge Through the Akuase Ridge Bearing a love letter carefully typed by an honoured cartridge You need to be there if you don’t want to think me in a fridge II I hold the ails of my heart …in the cave of my hat Ready to turn your cuddling […]

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POLITICAL CHAOTICAS

We were here …in peace Before some chiefs schemed to lose power …by gaining it in dubious excesses We were here Before politics toppled chieftains like a young warrior beating the old to a pulp The peace had been breached for despair to leech us dry to painfully teach Wars of emotions and physicals apexed […]