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A LETTER TO LESLIE

Dear Leslie, I was born, like a saint into a Christian home –For colonialism had taken over and thawed somewhat…before my birthBut I now live as a traditional worship sympathizer…and worship the actions of good people See, I was a devoted ChristianBut the more I grew, the less I saw God in the actions of […]

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NKONTONKYINI

Y’ɛde nsɛmpa atena fie ama nsɛmbɔne abɛ yiyi wɔnTe sɛ nkranteɛ, ama y’aboa awe wɔnAfei nsɛmbɔne na ɛreyiyi yɛn yi o B. Y’ɛde ntamapa atena fie ama ntamago abɛ tɔ yɛnAfei yɛn ahenewa na wɔn hyehyɛ ntamago ma yɛn ɛrebisa sɛ adɛnƐwɔ ahenefie a adane nkoafie yi o D.Y’ɛde suban pa atena fie ama suban […]

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ALIU MAHAMA STREET

Dear Aliu Mahama Street, I have seen you from your so so to your asphaltMany questions hover in my mindI’d like to ask if you don’t mindAt this time when darkness is a great clothAnd sapiens’ rest is a great assurance III fear none todayFor the sleeping Nkrumah students embolden meAnd our great wall promises […]

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THE CASE OF SELF TROUBLING

Once upon a time, an asoridan mu akuraBoasted that he had the protection of asɔre aburaAnd so nothing would befall itEven if the worst problem tried to hit it IISome of his friends tried to tell him adwobrɛwBut he shoved them off with “mo yɛ mrɛw”And went on to run his mouthUntil his words went […]

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FOR AMA ATA AIDOO

It is only the worst of handsWhich push a feeder into the abyss of deathWanting the best of praises with bandsIn a celebration so far from birthYou sure will live long! III can imagineI can imagine the horror of feeling like one…who has outlived her worldly welcomeI can imagineI can imagine the feeling of seeing […]

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MEASURED

Like the sun which rises to fallLike the moon which shines to dimLike the water which solidifies to thawLike the winds which grow wild with fury to calmLike the waters with waves which recedeLike the ships which sail to dockLike the birds which fly to perchLike the clouds which form to rainLike engines which work […]

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MIRRORS OF OURSELVES

Once upon a time, AkyekyedeɛAnd Ɛnwa were found in a tight atwɛdeɛWhen asked whyThey couldn’t tell a lie IIAkyekyedeɛ accused Ɛnwa of yiyɛWhen all he thought of him was fɛfɛƐnwa said his opponent should try and be fastSince he had a hard shell which can last IIIAkyekyedeɛ also asked if Ɛnwa has had some nsaSince […]

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UNIQUE IN OUR OWN FORMS

Green leaves are falling While some brown live like strength kings…on shaky treesThis speaks boldly that life knows when to take…each no matter our plans 2.The winds that can blow to axe a strong leaf…might spare the seemingly weakThe airs that can blow to axe a strong leaf…might strengthen the weakThis speaks boldly that life […]

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LION IN SHEEP SKIN

Once upon a time, an OdwanSought the mandate of the jungle to become Ɔhene of the ƆmanThe people saw his humilityAnd equated that to his leadership abilitySo they gave him the mandate to ensure their own peace and liberty IIHardly had a day gone by did OdwanStart to radically change things in the ƆmanMaking his […]

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EWIASE NHWEHWƐANIM

Yɛresu amankuku a Yɛgyina aman ntɛmEfirisɛ nea ani ahunu na ano pɛnsɛTe sɛ aburo de twerɛ nsɛmNea ewiase nhwehwɛanim de yɛn aduru ni o o B.Sɛ yɛre ma akyɛdeɛ a Yɛgyina ani ne ano ntɛmEfirisɛ nfoni nni hɔ a, nsɛm tumi dani adɛmkyɛmKyekyere nsoroma to twene nkontompo abusia ntɛmNea nhwehwɛanim de yɛn aduru ni o […]

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TRADING PLACES

Once upon a time, Akokɔ always hunted Akroma mmaMaking Akroma feel brokenThat Akokɔ used her mma as its meal tokenPutting her in moods which sadness had frozen IIAkroma cried unto Nana NyameAnd he listened but asked for Akokɔ’s opinionAkokɔ told Nana Nyame that she too dreaded her unionWith her predators whose pecks hit hard like […]

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COVETING THINGS

Once upon a time, aboa KɔkɔsakyiLooked strangely at aboa Ɔkɔreɛ akyiAnd asked why he too can’t be known for strengthWhen they’re almost of the same length IISo he raised and looked at ne nsa akyiAnd flew at Ɔkɔreɛ akyiTo follow him to wherever he wentBy advising himself that there’s nothing the other can do that […]

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LIVE

LiveLive like the air…so fair and free LiveLive like the rain…so cool to the touch LiveLike like a swordLive like an awardLive like a board…which life writes on to teach LiveLive like an eagleLive like a doveLive like a hen so fierce and caring And as you liveRide on the wings of justice and loveTo […]

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OPPOSITIONING

Oppositioners seize every opportunity to tauntWhat in their places, they’d have found difficult to flauntBut stories never changeAnd same places are traded for same stories electorate never find strangeStill, life goes on IIThey glorify aggressionCastigate corruptionThey have a repulsion for needsBut power sees them swallowing promising seedsThey crave instabilityBy subtly supporting anarchyBut the sun goes […]

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MY FIRST LIGHT

Some blessings are for a timeAnd get lost along the wayTo help brighten a historyWhich had no visible ray IIAnd so I remember you now in thanksgivingSeed of mine now planted to shineAnd so I remember you without sadnessA part of me now part of the heavensAnd so I remember you and copeA heartbeat which […]

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THAT BRIGHTEST CANDLE LIFE’S WINDS STOLE

A poem to a film artist – KWAMENA ANSAH ABOAGYE by the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) ILife is many ways in oneAnd one in many waysYet you found many lives in many ways… many ways in your one lifeTo create smiles and laughter… mentorship… lifetime bondsTo bless many, many lives to live their bestKwamena […]

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GU ABA PA

Maame Afua nyinsɛn ɛmmere a na ne kunu Kofi Afransɔ ɛne ne mpena Ama Duku nso awo ɔba barima ama n’atene. Na wɔn nyinaa te Baawie kuro mu. Na Maame Afua aware mfie nson a na ɔba biara mma. Ɔka kyerɛɛ ne kunu sɛ w’afa afuro no, Kofi Afransɔ de abofunu aniwa hwɛɛ no soro […]

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FAKE BEADS

When you walk into a placeAnd your hormones enter a raceTo have a fond…and to bondRestrain and cool it down till you get familiar with the terrain IIBecause many have regretted bonding with the wrongAnd have felt urges so negatively strongTo snuff the lives out of their mistakesAs anger do them bake IIIBecause horrors rush […]

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SASABRONSAM NE AKROFIMAN

Ɛmmerɛ bi a atwamu Na Agya Sasabronsam kuro ne Akrofikuro bɔ hoObiara a ɔwɔ Akrofikurom tuu wɔn abusuafoɔ fo …sɛ wɔn nhwɛ wɔn ho yie wɔ Sasabronsam hoEnti na wɔn da to wɔn pono mu danwii …ansa owia akɔtɔWɔn ne wɔn mfɛfoɔ na ɛkɔ afuomuKɔ nsuomuMpo kɔ gya wɔn nanNso na mentimehoase na ɛyɛ wɔn […]

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MACHINE BABE

She sits sadly in sorrowful sympathiesDrowned in the chaos of make-believe empathiesWatching actors wear shoes of charactersTo play with her emotions IISurrounded by tissuesShe pouts her lips to share in their kissesAnd shakes with tears to cry their separationWhile concealing her loneliness beneath the reason of her tearsAnd she makes it an evening ritual IIIAkua […]

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LENSES

Eyes within see what eyes without do notAnd it counts for a lotAnd so fears drive actions in situations unclearForcing innocent citizens to act grasses of fighting elephants IILensesEyes within see eyes without as enemies. Who fears not what they know not?So sometimes wars are made on scores unknownAnd fought on unthoughtful groundsJust because I […]

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IN YOUR OWN REFLECTION

Set your mirror to fit your frameSit, and set yourself to fit it sameNow look, do you like who you see? IILook right within into your heartAnd survey the yearning hidden in that heartClimb right up to thoughts in your headDo you like what you see? IIINow look through you to the outbursts of your […]

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THE FALL OF KABUL

Will Kabul rise from this fall?Who will make that rising call? IIFrom Herat to KandaharMashar e- Sharif to JalalabadHands hold hearts as chests run wildIn a chaos only horrible heads thrive onSo who will call the rise from the fall? IIITorn between a worn out power…and a vicious powerDrones carry bullets to avenge deaths…by suicide […]

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FORGIVING YOU

With my forgivenessI hope you purge your heart off negativityWith my forgivenessI hope you find your soul lost in the bitterness of guiltWith my forgivenessI hope you find your way to your true desiresIn the vehicle of a clean heartWith my forgivenessI hope you see the real road to your successAnd discard the thorns of […]

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THE PEACE WE TAKE FOR GRANTED

As the beard of the Tulip burnsAnd they yearn for priceless peaceImpala Lily which turnsKnows peace is not for lease IIBecause hunger in peace is better than hunger…with the pangs of warBecause anger in peace is better than anger…with the angst of soresBecause danger in peace is better than danger…added to the pangs of warNothing […]

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NYA AKUKUDURO

Sɛ me yɛ wo mpa a …bɛ yi me nnasoɔSɛ me yɛ wo gya a …fa nsuo bɛ dum me Sɛ me yɛ w’ataadeɛ a…bɛhyɛ me kosi me gu muSɛ me yɛ wo nsuo a …sɛbi, bɛdane me wo gyonsɔSɛ, sɛbi, wo gya wo nan nkoaa deɛ…wotumi we me nkaseɛ, sɛ me yɛ wo nam […]

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WHERE AFGHANIS STAND

There is a weight in some adjustmentsWhich crushes the will to liveBecause it sits on the flow of sane agreementsAnd forces broken hearts, to unpardonables, receive IISuch weight can force hard tearsSuch weight can breed much fearsFor when night suddenly turns dayAnd birds are forced, to on their trapped trees stayDeath tiptoes to turn the […]

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WEIGHT OF WORDS

Mark itA word loses its weightWhen it peaks and it’s used as baitSo rate a word to know its stateBefore you commit to its meaning IbThere a beauty standsKnee deep in the pool of her own tearsReiterating the fears which rains on her dayDue to her belief in the word forever IIForever today can mean […]

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YOUR FEATURES

In a room of a thing…are two stories…that of the room and that of the thingIn a room filled with people…are countless storiesSo if you find yourself surroundedChoose the best stories to feature in IIFor there can be goodThere can be badThere can be ugliesThere can be beautifulsThere can be rightThere can be wrongThere can […]

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OUR ACTIONS AND INACTIONS

When winds of the past blow…into the tsunamis of the futureAs the airs of the present watchLet deeds clap for seeds unplanted…seeds which grew out of the dust of our loss IIWhen ghosts of our past…look for the fetuses of our futureAs we sit and playLet lives clap for death…in a comedy worthy of the […]

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CAST ME NOT

I know what eyes and ears take inMind scripts to cast us as characters…in dream landBut please…cast me not in these scenes IIPlease cast me not as a lass in the TulipOne chased for wearing few parts of my skinAnd beaten and stoned and killedIn an embarrassment denser than the worst I’ve experienced IIIPlease cast […]

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EACH AND ITS TALIBAN

Every nation has its TalibanSo before eyes widely open to sensor sympathiesAnd mouths incense tongues to utter obscenitiesLook within your sovereigntyTo identify your Taliban IIForget Corona arresting the will of the worldThe Rose has moral TalibanWith freedom reaching peaks of a boundaryless worryCostus Spectabilis has its own TalibansFrom unseen and seen hands in public coffers…to […]

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HOLY KISSES

Oh, how hearty His hall hails!Ah, how hot His horns howl!Oh, how high His heaven hisses!Yieee, how hateful His holiness hosts! As He hovers heavily around His hectic house, …hectic house of horrendous happenings! IIKindness kisses kids – Key-morals killed in knowledge!Happiness heckles through hoaxesHorrors heap like higher hillsHums of hundred hymns turn hysteriaAs hope […]

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YOURS TO HOLD

If a water lily promises to let you drownDon’t think it is just bragging to have you frownFor it knows all the deep parts of river townsAnd can drown to crown itself boss of your deadly frown IIIf a mosquito promises to give you malariaYou don’t go thinking it has only a small areaIt can […]

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ABIBIMAN

MeM’atɔn ɛkɔm de agye nnɔbaeM’adaadaa akɔm de adɔ wɔ AdaeM’ahwe nsukɔm asom de aso nananom nnaeSɛ wo de wo fɔm ma me a, medua bayie atwa ahenman B.Me,M’afro afrɔtɔ akɔbɔ nkɔtɔM’asɔ asɔsɔ de apam apɔsɔM’afam ɛban abubu no afrɛ hannSɛ wo de wo tan ma me a, medua ama n’aso ɔdɔ D. Me, M’asom owuo […]

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JUST LIKE TREES

Rains can wake many a fallen treeCut or struck, burnt or rottenOnce its roots in soil beIts time in life is never forgotten IISo are beings in this here lifePoor or sad, unlucky or lonelyOur lives act roots to wait in strifeFor good rains to grow them wholly IIISo live out your worstIn wait for […]

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INCOHERENT

“Shut up as we shell you in our shieldShin up as we shush you with our sharpsShould you be shot by our shooters…shut up if you’ve no bullet proof shirt”Incoherent are the words of the tricks of our polls…licking off our sanityAnd these are seen after they wrestle mandate with humility IIThese are the struggles […]

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UNDER THE BRIGHTNESS OF YOUR STAR

If you sit in melancholyWatching others act loved and holyAsking why your fate is so twistedJust get to know all I amAnd it will move you IIFrom the stakes of the unwantedTo the stables of the hauntedFrom the oven of the hatedTo the hell of penuryThrough to the dawn of my breakthroughJust get to know […]

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THE TULIP

The Tulip now lies breathlessBeing suffocated by taunting TalibansWhose thinking wheels are stopped in archaic timesAnd are now chopping civilization on ignorant boardsTo lock women into prisons of themselvesOnly to throw those keys into the pockets of their unfit men IIThe Oak takes an esteem fallBiden being pushed into the fires of fitness…as to whether […]

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AFFLICTIONS OF ADDICTION

A skin can get wound in a secondBut it takes days…if not weeks…sometimes even months…or yearsTo healSo is the affliction of addiction IISo do have time…and create some spaceDo take time to listen and pamperDo create boundaries and help with distractionsAn addicted soul needs all these and more…to heal IIIDo not shameAnd don’t try to […]

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MOST HIGH GOD

Ye who created nsuwansuwa and everything in itYe who created mmepɔ abrane and every weight they haveYe who created Asaase Yaa and everything it stands forWith knees on ground …and head in bowI raise my humble calabash in thanksgiving IIFor you have sent Abosom Apem to guard this humble meFor you have sent ahonhom atumfoɔ […]

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POOR WISHES

You think I live to you annoySo like a demonic praying mantise, you wish me deadBut my death will not make you enjoyThe life you live in your head IIFor you’re you and I’m meDeath, like that sure road is waiting for theeAs it is for meDeath can only be my ever resting phaseOnly pushing […]

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ƆBAA

ƆbaaMmarimma bi te sɛ abrɔ afidieEnti mfa suban bi sɛ agrɔ na yɛ ahwɛyieMfa mmɔfra adwene ntena aware bɔne ho mpiri asiesieEfirisɛ wo wu a…yɛ bɛtumi asu asuo po nso ɛfɔm na ɛde wo bɛkɔ akɔwie B.Ɔbaa eiSɛ ɔma ne nsa so ɛnɛ na anka wo aƆkyene deɛ bɛtumi asam w’adwene ama wo adane n’akoaƆbaa […]

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THE BEAUTY IN OUR FEAST

Da bi me kɔɔ nwuramu …keyinkaMe kɔ huu saman…keyinkaSaman nkitinkiti…keyinkaNa me suro o…keyinkaNa me suro papa…keyinkaƆpumaa ne tuo…keyinkaMe nso me pumaa me tuo…keyinkaƆde kyerɛ me soMe nso me de kyerɛ ne so …keyinkaAtika atika…ate pooo IAs the tides of waves dance on a sea…only to turn into bubbles at the shoreSo will a people who […]

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WE ARE ENOUGH

There is an air of change blowingAnd I hope it turns into a wind for completion There are seeds of change being sewnAnd I hope they grow into trees to help in our cultural nutritionThis is finally the rain of sanityAnd we are all here for itOurs for us and oursThat is the story in […]

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MARITAL SHOTGUN

Aku Alolo is to be pitiedAs much as she thought her friends envied…her earlier in her awareBecause now she is being played like ɔwareTo a point where she has stopped going to asɔre IIShe thought Kwaku Aponkye a gifted kingNow she is questioning whether he is a human beingShe thought Kwaku Aponkye greatNow she is […]

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WAKE AND WORK

Listen and learnLack locks lives like losers under labourLeaving them as luggages of lifeAs you act as lost landlords…and lie under long ludicrous lawsWith luxury of lip-service IIStop the stories in order to seeThat some Sikaman souls are scared,…scarred, soiled by sorrowsAnd are suffering under stressful situations Due to your shortcomings and sick systems IIIFlip […]

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OH YOUNG YOU

Oh young you!Your posture and thoughts aren’t crazyYour state and hurts aren’t crazyYour self pity and confidence is a malady…a malady of the young IIFor if you could send an eye into your futureYou’d see its beautiful structureAnd the line of men who would be courting for a chanceAnd the line of love which will […]

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DEAR EARTH

Dear EarthThank you for embracing…and cuddling…and feeding…and healing…and entertaining…and challenging meThere are many horrors you experienceOur erosion which causes your fertility demotionIs a shameYet we hold our flaws like flags…hoisting it to do further damage…everydayYour trees feed usBut we slaughter them like fowls without replacing themYour sky covereth usBut we smoke it dry and face […]

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THE TREE OF MY HAPPINESS

My happiness is like a treeWith many branchesThere is a huge branch which holds the H in my happinessAnd represents the love of my life…the life I’ve been givenThere is another huge branch which stands for the A in my happinessAnd is my art which is the channel catering to my emotionsThere is one P […]