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DEATH

OH FAT FISHES

All that they dish Are traps filled with many a little fish Acting like baboons accomplished While living like gluttons, so childish Wanting to be those hearts cherish While breaking through coffers to garnish Themselves to have others famish Aren’t they greed-stricken foolish? I pray criminal seas you banish! To lose all you relish So […]

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DEATH POETRY

PASSING (DIAMANTE)

Death painful, sad abandoning, scarring, shocking hurts, tears, relief, ends dissipating, spoiling, burrying hugs, love passing Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015

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DEATH

DAWNY TEARS

Fondness burns As the spirit turns It may have a spiritual lens To see our yearns Eyes fetches from the drum of pain Sad II The left space Who can find the trace And be that face? None, so legs pace As pain embraces giving us its weight Sad III Additions heal no subtractions These […]

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FAREWELL; MR. ZANDO

I remember that day When my seed took ill In the waist of night Left with no mobility, You woke and became my weakened legs And saw me to the healing centre I had no eyes, but I really saw II I remember when Korle-bu called And I was left at the cross-road of need […]

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DEATH GHANA LIFE

A DAY WHICH SAT IN TUR

A weird thing, in Accra,  sat Sputtering and mumbling “tar” Until it said it was called day II Day which was new But had many problems dew The first after a terror flood III It is going to be used It won’t get the privilege Of seeing the lazy in action IV It would die […]

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DEATH

WATER AND FIRE (FOR THE BURNT AND DROWNED)

Roastings and drownings Fire and water Ghana has seen another May nine But tear gas folds its arms in innocence Nature meets artificial Fire holds the hands of water And harvest lives in horrible hunts Leaving us awed   II We are crying Because fear stands holding his whip We are mourning our future selves […]

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DEATH

IF I FALL INTO THE ARMS OF DEATH

If I fall into the centre circle of breathlessness Please be gentle with the leftovers For it has carried me well It took my sorrows And suffered as such It took my hurts and bore my scars It took me places and left good traces It might not be much But it served me well […]

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DEATH SOCIAL

I NEED ME AN ANIMAL

I need me an animal An animal who lives longest To study its habits To know its foods To adopt its relationships To see if I can live like it II I would give it freedom Freedom to express itself And make it know it is my teacher I will see through its eyes Eat […]

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DEATH

GRANDMA

Grandma, You should have been here to see, Did I tell you I have written much about you? A school in England wrote to me II Grandma They said I should consider And even tell them if I need more time Parading their scholarship packages III Grandma Your grand daughter has travelled far But where […]

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DEATH LIFE

ON THE WORLD’S MIND

When all gains wane And all sanes stale The world writes right Deeds and live frights That’s why I entreat   CHORUS Paints horrors With beams of smiles Scatter hatred With words so mild Give good hugs To last for life Greatness needs no fingers of gold All needs is a heart of gold   […]

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DEATH LIFE

EXPIRIES

The expired spends not And cares not of spending II The expired, like dead wood, feels not And cares not if it is burnt III None can make it angry or sad If it gets naked, its countenance changes not IV We will all expire And will all be obedient to all So why the […]

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PLUCKED BY IGNORANCE

Another strong promising leaf Plucked by ignorance Plucked like a weakling Plucked without warning Sending shivers to fetch tears II Another strong promising tree Cut down by many on tall fence Cut down by watchers and head shakers Cut down by greedy animals Leaving in its place nothing but agony III When will closed mouths […]

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AFRICA DEATH GHANA

FOR THE GHANAIAN FLAGSTRESS

Thoughts soo advanced Have descended the stairs of the earth Hands so talented lay still Refusing to move, even when danger announces its coming Theodosia Oko! II She married the colours Red, gold, green with a black star Mating the gold And gave perfect meanings As to why it must flag the Ghana land But […]

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AFRICA DEATH

IN THIS CUE

We are in a cue We will dock when we’re due There is nothing like immortal few And there’s no one to really sue Let the natural tongue speak of life’s curfew CHORUS “Mere bi bɛba Nↄti bɛkↄ nↄte mu Ama nↄte abobↄ nompe mu  ɛse bɛguan atua agyaboↄ Na nↄte akyire nhwi deduam Onua […]

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DEATH LIFE

NAE!

Nae! Thoughts that taunt Hurts that haunt Beasts that burst Are like wild lions let lose To feed on happy beings II Nae! I am an eye Many eyes see me as the sky But my sky seems so wry Clouds and sun seem to be in a tie III Nae! If leaves fight to […]

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DEATH LIFE

DOOM SCARINGS

I shiver And I don’t know why I who battled dark quarries And emerged bathed with light II I shiver And I don’t know why I who battled with poverty And won with no debt mark II I tremble And I don’t know why I who was forced into the anus of the great sick […]

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INVINCITAS

Invincible invincible hands of these takers Taking what they don’t own Or do they own? Do we owe? We may owe Like a magical thief Death takes and shatters hearts! Like a carnivorous borla beach With machete teeth It swallows and break bones If only there can be an all seeing eye What wouldn’t I […]

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DEATH

On that faithful day when the cold and unpardonable hands of death snatched you away from the surface of the earth. The day I knew my world had come to an end because a great being had been lost. I couldn’t bear the mockery from my enemies. My spirit was like a sunken bed. Every […]

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SHATTERED FRUITS OF KENYATTA

Stare! Is this fair? Splattered young fruits At that square? II Stare! Don’t you care? Many capable future leads weeded Can you bear? III Stare! Dare to stare! They just wanted to fit in But a blasting this glare? IV Stare! Whoever did dare Would you ever trade places? All you who dared? V Stare! […]

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WATCHING YOUR PASSING

As the fires lick Your dried fallen leaves And bite into its bones As it shouts in pain II I stand teary Prompted by the smoke that it emits With genuine fears of no protection from age Shiverings! Oh shiverings! III Scary, how time only wears high heels Making sure ears hear its footsteps To […]

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DEATH LIFE NATURE RELIGIOUS SOCIAL

The Will.

I smell the spices on my body I see darkness all around I see myself in an enclosed place That I cant turn my body here and there. I see myself in front of two transparent doors And all I can see is Joy from one door And wailings from the other My child, Come […]

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POLE OR A MANHOLE?

Mama said she had no eyes She had no eyes so her mama was stolen Her two eyes were not enough So an invisible hole stole her mama whole II Mama told me she had no power No power to get to the whole Because the hole would have swallowed her whole As it owned […]

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DEATH LIFE

A TRAVELLER’S HEART

Where lies your heart? In the will of safety or doom? Trust your heart to a machine That can crash  and maim?   II Where lies your fear? Oh travelling heart? In the machete of maiming Or in the bowl of death?   III Where lies your motivation? In the importance of work Or in […]

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DEATH LIFE

THE FREEDOM SONG WHERE I BELONG

There is a place where I belong It seems I’ve always there belonged Even while I’m resting under this earthly tree Its eastern corridors reek freedom song Freedom from self, the lyrics of the song From the stitched, to the fried heart From the sick, to heads needed to be heard From the thorned, to […]

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BEHIND THE SCENES

When the cameraman dies Many accuse the camera of lies As his image is searched But none can be fetched He got lost behind the scenes While he was busy fetching other scenes Never did he think to be needed in a frame Until his soul answered the call Causing chaos in the hall And […]

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DEATH LIFE

THE WEEPING FLOWER (HAIKU)

Pretty as flower Rotting within, sharp contrast Oh hearts of the gods! II You have soothing words “He whom the gods love dies young” Ye gods, please hate me! III I don’t need your love! I do not need your warm love! But your protection! IV Let me win this time Let me win again, […]

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AFTER MY PARTING

After my parting I hope the world remembers not The stench of my farthings And only sees the marks of my sweeping broom   II After my parting I hope none cries for gains lost And that my only son lives Growing in pride over my short existence   III After my parting I hope […]

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DEATH LOVE

MISSING YOU NOW

When craving pangy bells did rang She lovingly caressed to ease the stress Fuming and threatening that which gnawed With laws which seemed outlawed To make me see that one is flawed When he, she or it, gets to my bad side Increasing love was never cherished Until the mouth of the grave opened And […]

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WHEN MOURNERS LEAVE (TANKA)

An audience so full Enough to break many bulls Offering to be tools Trying to feign all the cools On the veranda they pull II As the breathless leaves Their loyalties go with it Fitting perfectly Into its six feet with ease What are left behinds to do? III A peak at a sound Show […]

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GOINGS AND COMINGS (SEDOKA)

Brightening moving days Moving with weak tortured legs Smile, frown, cry like moody men II Wearied of short life They work praying extension But tortoise and snails still rule III They push their own selves Glee and sadness in opposite Directions, life is like that Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015 

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HIS EMPTY SIDE CREEKS (HAIKU)

Eyes of you great walls Borrow mouth and talk to me What do you witness II I know I’ve been halfed By the carnivorous teeth Which no eye peruse III Why then does my bed Cry about another’s weight When the part lies blank IV Dear eyes of my walls Please help me know who […]

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CLAYS TURN BASKETS

Who sends pots to the stream of strength only to come back with a basket drenched in hot tears? *** Who tells the tale of pot turning to basket for who to get its joke in dire thirst? Who? *** We need it, water to drink, not hot tears So where is the pot? Broken […]

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WHEN THE EARTH TAKES (TANKA)

Who knows where the heart Of ever hungry earth is? Who can follow his Pulse and take us to his breath? Who can? Who can? Who can? Who? II Who knows where the heads Of the glutton earth relax? Who can follow his Chewings and lead us to those Mouths? Who can? Who can? Who […]

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DEATH SOCIAL

LIVE FIRE IN A PHANTOM RAIN

Pranks played on death dens Break bins and stir shocks Tipping tides and war waves In a cluster of fume and doom You call I stall You call I get the ball You call She gets the doll These plays are fun plays Not the crucifier of live charcoal In some phantom rain

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DEATH HEARTBREAKS LOVE

HURTFUL REMINISCENCE (TRIPLE ETHEREE)

I am here watching you standing so near with your beating heart racing and reaching far chasing and hitting hard at dead rock for its symbolism and leaving me stranded as I watch knowing not when rain will fall on this mud *** As much as it hurts, pins, cuts and might kill as much […]

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HYPODIRGIOLOGIES

“Sheeiiiii! Papa is gone? Agyeiiiii! I have none left! Wuoeiiiii! I’ve got to go with him” Legs go further from the unknown traveller II “Sheeiiiii! Who will feed me, agyeiiiii! My dark has fallen, wuoeiiiii! There’ll be none to bail me out of my debts” Looks into faces to find a replacement III Eiiiiii! Even […]

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DEATH SOCIAL

MELANCHOLIC LAST STEP (CRAZY STANZAS)

They get to live to see The few steps I take But they still love for me To have my lifetime break Until they finally many a me see They look back wanting to have me again II I am also with a heart A heart which needs to extension gain Every second’s death breaks […]

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DEATH FREEDOM LIFE PEACE SOCIAL

TASTE YOURSELVES

In this stormy era Where sounds listen to sounds And birds bed I’m calling on you; Yes you: Death Hurt Hatred Pain Sadness Sickness Shame To stand firm And taste yourselves When you’re done, Please give us detailed reports On death’s death Hurt’s hurt, Hatred’s hatred, Pain’s pain Sadness’ sadness Sickness’s sickness And Shame’s shame […]

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WILD CLAIMS

What if I say Humans are tadpoles in flesh Living to die to live quiet long? Would you say it’s paranoia? II There clearly is a living inn Who sits as the thoughts of every being Driving hard its machines Into a holistic reincarnation III If that were not so Then think of ghosts, think […]

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DEATH HEARTBREAKS LIFE

WHEN THEY FINALLY MEET (HIS BALLAD)

(Refrain) When death conquers death He would finally get to ask His slippery mortal enemy And he would be up to the task (I) He would probably first ask What he did so wrong to its claws That its guards kept watching him From birth till he tasted those claws (Refrain) II It was first […]

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NO FAREWELLS

We are here In this hot sea together Why should one cry the loudest? Water, please stop screaming Pepper, garden eggs, onions Tomatoes, are lost in your world Only their colour seves a reminder through you So why must you make the loudest noise? We are all unfortunate beings Who among us was able to […]

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DEATH LIFE SOCIAL

A WISE PUZZLE

If life goes for eggs And blessing goes for fowls And trouble goes for hawks And earth go for death, I would voice my peace Egg throughout Boiling to be a fowl Without encountering many hawks Fly when need be Being careful not to fall For the earth’s mouth never closes And its stomach never […]

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ENTANGLING ALBATROSS (HAIKU)

In this driver’s seat, I see the forward and lose The backward, sadly. II If only eyes see Far to the end, I’d feel free But no, they do not III Who made this lone path? Who made this wild mystic path? They say God, fact-less IV I see the wild thorns Feel the taunting […]

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PECK WISELY

            This uncanny saucepan Lies on its back To trace its chickens Harbour no thoughts of trickery For it folds when your fruition ends So peck like chickens Don’t use your beaks like lions If you harm earth foods Before their fruition This uncanny saucepan Will help you eat And […]

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WHEN ALL IS FAIR

Even stones are blasted By the creation of mind’s art Man, who art thou To put out light In another’s candle? II In a journey Which all are meat For the insatiable earth And hungry scavengers, Who is who To squash the flower Of another which yearns like yours? III We’re in this race We […]

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CORPSE RHETORICALS (TRIOLET)

            Feed the corpses, aren’t they hungry? Dressed in beautiful clothes and stiff? And you stand fanning with money? Feed the corpses, aren’t they hungry? No breath; you now have attention? You’ve shown you care for the breathless Feed the corpses, aren’t they hungry? Who throws away anything  rich? Amoafowaa […]

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THIS SHEDDING TREE

We are leaves Because I know the world is a gigantic tree No wonder it is free To live for long Watching as leaves come and go Without raising a hand to catch any’s fall And if any of us  fall on its branch, It does nothing to seize rotting. To think we beautify it […]

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A SECOND CHANCE?

I If I’m given another life, I’ll never choose to be human Falling in and out of love is tempting But there is too much sadness and cruelty II If I’m given another life I will never choose to be fish For there are so many predators in the sea And few safety caves III […]

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ARREST IT (TANKA)

I Please no sympathy! Show me no sympathy please! Help me, just help me Please help me free him from death And I will be consoled then II Your sympathies suck! How can you stand idle now? Death holds him in arms And you stand here like vultures Vultures with no beaks! III How can […]

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WHEN THE EARTH ATE (TANKA)

I When the world went wild And minds mused in grave madness Peace fell in slumber Causing power to be chased in haste Spilling blood helping earth eat  II Sure, earth gladly ate Eating arms, legs, and drinking Blood to quench its thirst Most of us were seeds in seeds So we missed the chaos […]