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WISH I COULD TURN BACK TIME

We held hands, we locked mouths We faced north, we faced south We locked eyes, and stopped time We jumped together, and together mime’ So why does the air seem stale now?   We exchanged clothes, our teasing stood We went out, in any mood We knew happiness and knew sadness We together cried, in […]

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COULD PLAY THE FOOL

I could live in a thousand miles And could stand crossing the cold Nile In a scanty apparel on a small boat In the very cold weather with no coat But will still dote on you fully   I could sing in a good tune While fanning the fire in June Even as my hands […]

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MAKE ME INVISIBLE

Please cover me with the cloth, Cover me with the cloth that will make me invisible to disdain Invisible to pain, Invisble to faces of hypocrisy plain, Invisible to the likes of Cain Invisible to those who love feign Invisible to those who insane thoughts daily gain, Invisible to those who abuse rain Invisible to […]

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TWO IN A COAT

Let us sail Let’s sail across the sea Where there is no wail And no tax biller to collect a fee.   Let us hug Hug so tight our temperatures will merge And none will us bug And contentment will our hearts surge   Then hunger will flee Flee from our mortal carriers As eternal […]

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HAVE MENTIONED NO NAMES

The headache has become a brain tumour. Now it shows. I see, and you see Great abysmal monks in an abbot of a bush Effortfully breaking rules, adopting girls for pleasure Reeking of self-loath and awakening poignant fears In wombs and abdomens of earthly human makers All in the name of faith and selfish desires. […]

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I NO GO MARRY MAN

Ebe 2014 I no go marry man. I no go marry man De reason be say, I no no wetin e fit do for me. 2014 man want woman wey have im job wey pay well well, Sotaay she go fit buy im own tins. Dem dey want person wey dem go fit cheat well […]

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ABYSS OF DARKNESS

Lights frequently develop long female legs in Africa Leaving homes wearing sneakers Only to come back in high heels Making noise ka, ka, ka, ka, ka. These lights date visibility and darkness Testing tempers and spending extravagantly with each dark dating And many visibility flirtings But mandated cables watch, sometimes pleading with offenders Sometimes shamefully […]

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CRY ME A RIVER

Cry me a river. Cry me a river in a shiver For I have paid treachery dues Refusing to yield to subtle cries from those who cared And living like the world was a fancy club Worshipping alcohol and weed While reveling in touches of unknown hands Fearing nothing, hearing no reason and seeing no […]

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IF ONLY

If only I could fly I would go high, high, high And never come nigh This world of agony. I sigh, Trying so hard to make my heart mine But my control seems not to be fine.   If only I could fly There are many things I will not buy. I will smile at […]

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HEARTY ADVICE

Please good heart, Have eyes And look intently and rightly. Please kind heart, Have ears Ears which will listen well and leave no detail. Please breakable heart, Have a clear nose And smell every corner of the air around every being. Great little heart, Have a mouth, And ask wise questions which will make the […]

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MOTHERS: THIS TIME AND PROBABLY FOREVER. WHY?

They will get all the attention They will definitely get all the attention Why? Because they have inbuilt houses Which all beings are housed before entering earthly houses Sharing their blood And even their good flood For a good nine moons Without separate legs to bolt in the doom Making them swoon Even in pain […]

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A DAY TO SAY IT ALL?

Can I press out what is pressing me and make them straight? How? By following the path-makers and prompting when their paths are crooked? Am I assured all will be taken in good faith? Am I assured of my head on my body after I voice all out? Am I assured? So I and my […]

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IN THE SCARY JUNGLE

Tired limbs As life’s mountains climb Roaring voices Penetrating through the dark hollows of the brains with diverse choices How does one choose the right  And make life bright? And why does faith sits in the unseen hole Shivering not to be whole For my touch when need be? Is faith a she or a […]

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ABOMINABLE DREAM.

Paapa, Maame, I had a dream. In the dream: All women in Africa met, spoke and agreed to pursue freedom. They accepted that they are their own enemies. They agreed never to be each other’s enemy by clashing on men. They agreed to work hard by themselves and abolished the custom of men as job […]

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IS IT REALLY A HOLIDAY?

These tools need oiling These tools of mine need a breather These tools of life’s conflict must rest And the earthly mandated leaders have given a day.   I could sleep and test death I could sit and try to see the air I could sing myself hoarse I could just walk around aimlessly   […]

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IT’S ALL FILTH

Smell up Smell down Smell left Smell right What fills your nostril? Filth. Look left, look right Look up Look down What fills your vision? Filth. Run up Run down Run right Run left What fills your skin? Water? No, it is filth. Eat poor Eat rich Eat nutritious Eat junk What fills the water […]

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LOOK AND SEE YOUR FUTURE

“Oh what a withered being” I wasn’t, I once bloomed in many attractive colours “Look, what a toothless mouth” It wasn’t, I had a very beautiful set of chewers “Oh Gosh! What a shivering body” I wasn’t, I had the strength of an ox And was revered by my peers None could compare in my […]

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MY WONDERLAND

It is uncontaminated and heavenly around It is sparkling and golden to have been found Wow! The beautiful oceans, rivers and beaches lie so serene and welcoming That the last straggler of non-humans might have been here thousands of years ago Wait, even the bushes are as clean as the morning dew To see defecation […]

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A SONNET OF ODDS; AN EXCERPT

I would have loved it then When all were hidden deep in the mind When a little pampering was all to bind When cheating and unfairness were in a stygian gloom When a smile could soften damsels and brand bastards suave and sophisticated. I know I would have reveled in it then, as people enjoy […]

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BANNED

  Akua Mansah says I’ve stolen her man Maame Konadu says I’ve stolen her son Papa Owusu says I’ve stolen his fan So they’ve placed on me, a ban   This mighty conflagration that forces Akwadaa Owusu into this obsession Has nothing to do with me. He gets no attention None at all, for all […]

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NO CHOICE IN THESE OPTIONS

The little Sun and the little Moon stand on my land Competing for me to wear their bands, oh poor Sky! But they look like dark small tools, so I cry. How will I explain this to the little Stars when they land? That these young lads were the only options in choosing in the […]

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MASTERS OF THE SUN

Whispers of the air Please be fair Light of the sun Blindness of the dark Ease some fear in front and at the back Be gentle on man Fury of the cloud Don’t be too proud Speed of the rain Please be sane Lightening of thunder Don’t make us harshly wander So everything will be […]

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BEING ME

Ahoma na mede bἐ kyim obibini tirinhwi a abↄ nkyim yi Ahoma a anoↄya na me de bἐ bↄ na mahim saa tirihwi futsἐfutsἐ yi a yἐbἐtumi de ashἐ ↄdↄ nsesaawa mu     de apam ↄdↄ sumyἐ a ἐbἐtumi ama wa so dae pa ἐno a na mede bἐkyim Ↄdumankuma tↄturↄbonsu hwἐἐ me nananom anim na […]

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HOTNESS IS DECEIT

It is hot Why won’t it be bought? It is very, very hot, Why won’t spots be fought to be got? No matter how insignificant the hot-cake, The truth remains; New things challenge the egos of the showy, proud, boastful, wealthy and even the frugal So, “ampa” it is hot So surely it will be […]

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JOURNEYING AND PORTING THE EARTH

That time has passed, That time when my innocence was taken by the old brood chosen by my earthly giver of life. Hmmm! That time has passed, When I had to go through that strife Of humiliation, broken dreams and premature adulthood in a decade plus four That time has passed. Yes, that time has […]

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AS A MAN SEES A WOMAN

It’s a pity It’s a pity that you see me as a woman It is a grave pity that you see me as a woman And see yourself as a woman I wish that you could think of me as a man In your womanly mind I wish you can change your mind and see […]

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ROLL CALL! VALIANTS OF SIKAMAN

Let me be the first to call My nature has made it thus. Yes, I am the atumpan! Let me, allow me to call, Then you, agyegyedo will respond, Then mpintin will follow Then ansaba will add her intense voice By the abled help of “nsa a emu ἐ’dene” There is an urgent need to […]

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CHILDREN HAVE RIGHTS TOO.

Children are children no matter their structure, beauty, handsomeness, ugliness, disability, naughtiness and what have you. In this vein, they have the rights to be specially protected and cared for. They have the rights to be fed, clothed, health insured and to associate with parents and humans in general. They also have the right to […]

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DILEMMA OF A CHRISTIAN

  He was shamed for me He was beaten for me He was humiliated for me He was killed for me What can I do for him?   The ultimate thing is life For someone who gave me his life What can I offer him when I really want to live? I was told I […]

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BROKEN HEART FROM PROFESSIONAL LOVE

The heart is a very unfathomable machine I must say. Falling in love requires no permission even from the other organs of the body. The heart gets addicted and the mind plays tricks by offering sanity and endorsement. The love that broke my heart recently was the love I felt and still feels for a […]

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A MAN, lesser gOD OR A MESSENGER?

They say He was a man They say he died for me They say He made me free By buying my sins. They say He gave me new breath They say He is there at all times They parade His pitiable self, to win my sympathy They say the the gods my ancestors worshipped are […]

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BEWARE!

STEP INTO THAT ZONE THAT ZONE WHERE YOU MUST MOURN STEP INTO THAT ZONE THAT ZONE WHERE THERE’S THE BIGGEST OF BONE STEP INTO THAT ZONE THAT ZONE OF THE UNKNOWN AND SEE WHO WILL EVEN PICK HIS PHONE TO CALL, YOU WILL TRULY, THEN KNOW YOU ARE ALONE SO STEP INTO THAT ZONE WITH […]

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HAD I KNOWN…

Ama Krobea sits in her comfortable sofa, looks around her and thinks how perfect life will be if she has a man to call her own. What will she want that man to do for her? This self-questioning which always leads her into fathom fantasy and anticipation must stop, she thinks, then again, what fun […]

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THE DAYS OF HEAVEN

  I am not neglecting you Not at all My mind happens to contain features, Features of those days. Yes, my body happens to be a feature among the many in days long gone, Days before my habitation. In my mind’s eye I see those days When minds were very pure As to allow the […]

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THIS FEELING

  This is great This feeling This is so so great, this feeling of anticipation This feeling of heart wrenching waiting This feeling of living your welcome in my fantasy This feeling of practising poses upon poses  This feeling of practising smiles unashamedly in front of the mocking  mirror This feeling of exaggerated happiness and […]

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THAT CROOK

  An open book Without a hook My pride he took That crook   Why did he me shook? When I was a good cook And I was to him that good? I think he, me a fool mistook.   He really got of the hook But his deed will find him by hook or […]

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LESS THAN HUMAN?

I was born a less human So my mother says So my father says So the society says Because I have no legs Why do I feel complete? Why do I reason like them? Why do I have these thoughts? Why do I have the urge to learn? Why do I understand everything they tell […]

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MY ROOTS

My grandmother took me there, There, to my roots. I was appalled seeing the greens I was happy eating directly from nature I was satisfied drinking from the Okuwafomu well. But then evening came And the mosquitoes dealt me blows. My lovely grandmother took me there But then after passing the night I was told […]

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IT IS A COLANDER

It is a colander A mere colander That sieves whatever it is given And keeps what it cannot pass out It is  mere colander That queer treasure you’re parading around Like a peacock Make no bones about it Love it, but make no one a victim of no confidence Structure and moulding may not be […]

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THE TEST

I sit Shivering with anxiety Cowed by thoughts of failure And sweating hot blood from lack of preparation   I sit Turned into a stretching peeping giraffe Stretching and peeping in trial of my luck To see if there is an angelic paper with all the inscriptions I need   I sit Perspiration turned into […]

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HYPOCRITICAL IDIOTS

There they moan In honour of their Joan Who on her left slept To make sure their dignities are kept The coffin must be a cozy place For Joan to give her all to many idiots replace Idiots who hide their faces while taking the nations’ belongings Idiots who shed hypocritical tears for people like […]

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A WORD OF CAUTION

He wants someone to ascend the throne She prefers someone else None have anything to gain A few others watching have everything to gain But they fight, blood for blood Shed their blood which they have no idea how it is made In order to see to the prosperity of someone God is our helper […]

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THE WORLD A POLITICAL HABITAT?

The world is evolving Champions are those known for whatever; Good or bad Abena, where do I stand? Wherever I am standing is doing me no good Because I am neither here nor there. Do I stray so bad that my name will turn into a household name for the bad? Or do I dupe […]

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Elephant in the Savannah

Originally posted on Chronicles of a Savannah Boy:
Dear Nii Kpakpo, It’s almost 3am as I write this letter and I’m standing outside in the cool predawn breeze and the half moon shining in the sky and serenaded by Atlantis Radio. This is bliss you might think. But the reason why I’m outside is because…

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THIS TIME OF COLD

It is that time again, that time of old When teeth are being whipped to move because of cold It is that time of storms, lightening, winds and cloudy darkness with promises of doom that cannot be told When this strong heart fails to be bold. It is that time of old, When pride, for […]

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UP TO HE AND I

UP TO HE AND I.

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UP TO WHOEVER AND I

The calling for unionization is not yours to make The calling for unionization sleeps deep within You are not the one tasked to wake Age advances twisting the skin into wrinkly ugliness I know all that But this is still not your call to make   When we meet, the ‘waker’ will know And trust […]

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TAINT NOT MY DARKNESS

  I can live abroad in peace Even as I see species of white everywhere I can live abroad without fear Even as my vision is blurred with white beings What I fear is a white on my land in darkness  Our super-institutions say seeing whites in your dream is witchcraft So why will I […]

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FROM NOTHING TO QUEENSHIP

        Once upon a time, there lived a very humble girl called Antobam. She lived with her step mother and father. Antobam’s mother died while giving birth to her earning her the name Antobam transliterating not meeting parent or parents. Her stepmother despised her and made her do all the house chores. […]

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GIVE ME EVERYTHING

  I want everything Everything that can mean everything Everything that is something Everything that can make me forget every sadness   I need an eternal table An eternal table that holds a veritable cornucopia of every meal An eternal table where hunger fears to step foot An eternal table that feeds the open stomachs […]