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KOKROMOTI TUMI

Anomaa bi su sɛ da bio bioEnti ani na ɛbɛhwɛ na ano nka bioSuban tantan a akantan w’akoma so ama wo di atwitaan tumi, Aso brakyiɛ a ɛbutu afutuo biara efisɛ wo di tumi, Ɛbɛtukwan akosi wo srɛ mrɛ soƐhɔ na kokromoti bɛkyerɛ wo ne akɛsifo tumiDe ahwan wo to de ahwi animguaseɛ boɔ soAmoafowaa […]

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THE APPLAUSE OF LOSS

AI,…am the boss…will you toss…and be your cross B.I,…am your floss…will show you gross…and be your loss C.I,…am your applause…will create your laws…and give your clause D.So know your stanceIn your circumstanceDon’t be askanceAnd lose your danceFor I am Public Opinion; your downfall and your chanceAmoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © September 28, 2022

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OPEN PALMS

Open palms have nothing to hideSo it fears not the chide of a hard rideAnd sits relaxed in horror mark tides IISo let vultures wait on carcassesAs lions feed on the weak massesLet woodpeckers dig into innocent treesAs strays steal honey of hardworking beesLet dogs bark off the unknownAs the powerful see to the unconforming’s […]

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THE THOUGHTLESS GOAT

Once upon a time in OwuruponThere lived a vast and beautiful NsuponWho loved all who toured herAnd protected those who respected herHer caretaker, Nightingale, tutored all on not stepping on her bad sideBut Goat, who wanted to be the caretaker failed to abide IIGoat waited to contest the yearly electionAnd lost due to lack of […]

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WE’RE NOT OUR MOTHERS

Times when women were ragsSat and cried as many a man bragsLived in duress for societal dragsFeared the words “not submissive” and hagsHave long passedWe’re not our mothers IITimes when a man could deny his seedTravel and live as a woman painfully feeds his seedWait for time to bring elders to help him pleadTurn on […]

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KAPRƐ

Me deɛ me nni kaprɛ…na m’anya nsatofrɛEnti m’ani na me de me rehwɛ…mmofra a mpanyin bɔne ɛregoro wɔn te sɛ atoprɛ BMe deɛ me nni kaprɛ…na y’agye m’enkyerɛkyerɛEnti m’ani hann na me de rehwɛAdehyeɛ a wɔn ɛrepri nkoa dibrɛ D.Ei me wɔ kaprɛ…na y’agye m’adwenkyerɛ?Enti me yɛ dɛn kɔ tia nkoa a wɔn rekyekyɛ…adehyeɛ agyapadeɛ? […]

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THE HAUNTED CROWN

She has answered the final callShe who used and played us as ballAnd mined us to decorate her hall IIShe has answered the final callShe who took and made us look dullSeeing to brutalities whose benefits made her full IIIShe has answered the final callTaking with her our riches…and leaving us in old and torn […]

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LONDON BRIDGE HAS FALLEN

London Bridge has fallenA moon has fallen at noonLondon Bridge has fallenA mighty is at rest in her cocoonLondon Bridge has fallenWill the tears follow soon?London Bridge has fallenClear your eyes to watch her call IIAll will heed to the callingNone will be like stone to swerve this callingEven this bright London Bridge has fallenScattering […]

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CONQUERED KINGS

It is not all kings who ruleSome are put on many prestigious stools as many a foolUsed as crippling tools as they bend to work as bullsWhile their pains are forced fenced with brick smiles around tear pools II.It is not all queens who are usedMany a supposed-users are sorely abusedIn the darkness of their […]

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POOR PREYERS

We preyWe prey on the same people we wereIn our pastHoping our future will be crowned with wealthBut that future will be same as our pastIf not worse IISo look not down upon the poor townCrown no frown to force a bowFor the poor with good name…lives best in kind hearts through their handsBut the […]

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IF I GO BACK TO BEING YOUNG

If I go back to being youngI will know exactly where I belongWhere love trailsAnd I could tell a thing to a she who failsTo see a heart that uses her as its gong III know now that almost all who claim to hate callsAre in the womanising mallsI know that all who treat their […]

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AT SUSANA OFORI-ATTA

Standing right in front of Susana Ofori-AttaYou see twin tanks feeding the records buildingAnd a single tank threatening to fall…but still heeding to the thirst call…of the newborn hallA staircase opens its arms to the deceptive summer hutBut has a doorknob with rules oh so fatMany stories hover in front of EmergencyAnd rumours carry them […]

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UNCANNY WORRIES

All my complaints in life now lay on mats of unimportanceAs my eyes travel across the length and breath of this healing placeChildren saddled with ails unfairParents wearing the looks of fearMaking God seem like a myth without careSuddenly, the money for my rent dissipates from the list of my despairThe money for my fees […]

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THE PUSH ROOM

Society makes beautiful what it needsAnd surely makes it what it feeds…to the massesWho feed fat on it into classesWhich transports deviants with its strength into abominable bussesThat’s not to say society serves no goodIt sure is central to our growth’s food…and sets the generational moodBut leaves a lot yet to be understood III thought […]

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PEOPLE IN FINANCIAL PANDEMIC

We wince while wailing And wake to the pain of more painWe sit in a pit of snakes which bite usWith promises of remoulding usEven as we work like bullsAnd are fed like antsWe are who we arePeople in financial pandemic IIHow can our wages walk behind our yearsAs our toils rush past our fears […]

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CHURCH AGENDA

I will go to church todayAnd act just like a spider weaves its webI sure will pluck that drummer on the Praises TeamWith this golden voice and a holy beamAnd shame all the eyes which chase my targetAlthough my voice is higher than a guinea fowlI’ll make it soft like a flirting dove’sAnd I will […]

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MAN, KNOW YOUR PLACE

Man, know your placeYou’re no human to act Nana Nyame…telling tales of how a woman must live…must dress…must eat…must birth…must nurture…must act…must love…must walk…must talk…must sit…must workBecause instead of a deep hole of lifeYou only have a shooter which knows not its depth IIWhen you talk like a parrotOn the wellbeing and body of a […]

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ON THE TABLE OF KINGS

Gluttons on tables of kingsMake absurd royal words meaningful to their kits and kinsAnd like dogs, go a long way to push their slingsJust to stay and grow more chins IIAnd so truth becomes their foeKnowledge is pushed in waters belowFacts are hidden by a conscienceless big toeFairness is shot by their arrow and bow […]

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IT TAKES A MOTHER

It takes a motherTo walk through fire and furtherTo blessTo caressTo dressEven through a massive mess IIIt takes a motherTo look, Be caught like a fish on hook And book happiness even through a non-breather IIIIt takes a motherTo laugh through a botherCry through an eye and be watchful and protective through the other IVIt […]

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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 […]