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THE ENVY SO CLEARED

I used to envy the youngWho seemed so strongAnd looked like beauty belongUntil their future struggles hit a ding dong IIMost are yet to meet many more heartbreaksAnd burn on uncertainty’s stakesMany are yet to, from their infeasible dreams wakeAnd sit in the pain as failure in their bakeries bakeSome are yet to act hollow […]

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JUST AS THE FASCISTS

We stood by youThinking you’re humans tooWe wailed with youThinking you’re feeling it tooThe inhuman treatment which makes you feel like an animalThe crass treatment meted out by many a cannibalUntil we saw itEven at your worst, you still manage to treat us like dirtThinking you’re more human than a brown or blackWho gives sympathy […]

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THE REAL FACES OF WAR

It is not the guns you see parading the skiesIt is not the propaganda you watch parading the liesIt is not the hurts, horror and hungerIt is not the danger and being made a strangerIt is not the displacement and the fearsIt is not the sorrows and the tearsIt is the trauma of the youngThat […]

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VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY

The world watches helplessly as your world falls apartHands tiedPower lockedEyes awedAs lives on your land are being poured into the abyss of deathNo onlooking mind will forget this IIWhatever the Kremlin has as justificationHumanity can never mark it correctAs he cowardly attacks a weaker you…in the full glare of KarmaSome of your people’s beds […]

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JULIUS MALEMA

We stand at the dawn of a new changeAnd feel a power so strangeWe hope to change impositions of many a vile historic rangeAnd see Malema as fit to arrangeBut his fire is in two folds; one which yearns to positively turnAnd another which will definitely burn IIBecause his passion is sure to really leadBut […]

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THESE TIMES

In these timesWhen fuel prices are world best athlethes, And inflation rules nationsPoverty lives like royalty in homesRaising angst as beings in guises of advocacy IIIn these timesWhen the world chameleons into disastersAnd floods turn tractors to demolish homesLava turns bombs to burn neighborhoods Winds turn horrors to destroy citiesAs the sun turns fire to […]

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THIS TOXICITY

I walk into the second world with my fingersAnd see the many worrying figuresMany pictures are pictures without verifiable truthsMost words are words without writers giving hootsPraises now sweep the compounds of the worstWhile vile indifference flag the chambers of the bestI see those most followed acting their obscene selvesWhile educational posts are pushed to […]

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BURNING WRATH

There are those sitting on crumbling chairsThere are those hugging silly sirsThere are those loving phantom personsActing dubious for reckless reasonsThis love has many a deceitful pathSo tame your burning wrath IINow relationships are like unknown attachmentsWith valid heart encroachmentsMen and women own farms and gardensLads and lasses own soldiers and wardensThis love has many […]

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APPIATSE, BOGOSO

It is painful enoughWhen one who has been in the chambers of sickness…descends death’s dungeons IIIt is painful enoughWhen those who go in search of their daily mealsAre forced to drown down death’s waters IIIIt is somehow unpardonable,Horrible,Sympathetic,And unforgivableIf people in the comfort of their homes…with those with curious eyes and ignorant mindsAre forced into […]

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2021 to 2022

This resting year is the year you boosted my confidence…with experienceSent me love…from up aboveBlessed me with a priceless gift train…wrapped in hardships and painAnd set me upon a road of self achievement…with better arrangement IIThis resting year is when you trained me…to see the drain beeWhere hope is skewed and…expectations can be reviewedThe resting […]

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AN UNHEALABLE ANARCHY

Once upon a time, aboa NtatiaMinistered its faith to mmoatiaAnd asked him to believe in the god of WaterAs it can wash all creation off the surface of the earthMmoatia told Ntatia to change its belief and believe in the god of WindAs it can blow all living things to their deathGyata who was listening […]

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THE CON OF SCORN

Born and sworn into a conAdorned and worn out from our scornNon of our merry morns thought of this conTill our power pawns unveiled our torn dignities long gone…gone from the freedom we wonWith blood at liberty’s deceptive mornAs we filled White brutes with Black puppetsAmoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © December 4, 2021

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NHYIRA NSUO

Sɛ nsa kɔ ano na ano boa tɛkrɛma kɔ yɛm a Na ɛyɛ akuafoɔ nsa ano nnwumaEnti sɛ wo kɔ nhyira kɔ wɔn nhyira B.Sɛ ewiase kɔ nkan na tɛkrɛma da abɔdweɛ mu a Na akoma bɔ kim kim ma nan tutu taataa aNa ɛyɛ akuafoɔ ne afarefoɔ nsa ano nnwumaEnti wo kɔ nhyira a, […]

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THOSE WE CAN’T DO WITHOUT

As the world shiver in the pool of sicknessesAnd we charge for change in the lives of our weaknessesMouths still crave for what stomachs will save and waveThat’s why Farmers remain our Goliath’s Warrior Dave IIIn the heat of volcanoes spitting lavaTo shoo many who with worry quiverIn the cold of floods sinking abodesTo woo […]

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SELF SUFFOCATION

When Trees tower above plantsAnd see them as killable antsChanting the land to be hotThinking the plants will be fought and caughtForgetting their roots live in those treesThey will soon realize who pays death’s fees IIThey will soon learn the sky belongs to strong winged birdsThey’ll soon learn the land serves as their bedsThey will […]

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THE NUTRIENTS OF SUBMISSION

What are the nutrients in submission…that ignorant men feed on without getting any nourishment of love?What are the nutrients of submission…that uncouth men feed on to seek the doormatization of their women?What is the alcoholic rate of submission…that horrible men get drunk on…losing their senses of humanity to force their others to lose selves?What are […]

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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 […]