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WHERE MOUTHS STAND

We want to climbBy keeping many a rotten limbsWe want to soarBut carnivorous lions…deceit…corruption…greed…family connections….sluggishness…politrickingKeep tearing off our wingsHow do we climb to the peak of development? IIWe must learnLearn it takes burying our rot…to grow our newWe must learnLearn it takes shedding off our skin…to dry the new to smoothensWe must learnLearn it takes […]

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DON’TS

Lock no one in the cave of pityFor it puts clothes of low self confidence…and shoes of vulnerability on them IILock no one in the prison of hateFor it’ll make you their prison wardenBabysitting them and wasting your emotionsForcing life demotions on you IIILock no one in the abyss of utter gratefulnessFor it will lock […]

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TSUL ESNES DNA (Puzzle Poetry)

A demon staked a 7, 5, 4, 8, 2, 9, 3, 10, 1, 6…with ten numbersAnd staked 7, 5, 4, 8, 2, 9, 3, 1, 6…with nine numbersHe went on to stake 7, 5, 4, 8, 2, 3, 1, 6…with eight numbersAnd proceeded to stake 7, 5, 4, 2, 3, 1, 6…with seven numbersGod approved […]

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VAIN ENQUIRIES

This dawn walk through the hidden contours of Sagnarigu…has taken a toll on meBetween getting lost and ridiculing misdirectionsI see you in all your tatters…roofless…gateless…floorlessYour stomach filled by weeds…which couldn’t have dared to germinate…in your hay daysAnd so I stop for this chat III can see the fading green paint on the walls of your […]

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SOVEREIGNTY

Sovereignty is not achieved by neglecting successionist attacksIt is the sure reign of certainty…through facts justified by reasoning, oiled by needs of a nation for a collective goodWhere are the thinking cups? IIA fire which threatens to burn down a houseNeeds no considerational space…even if it is cooking to fill stomachsIts ashes needs to be […]

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THE KING AND THE SAGE

Once,A king saddled with many a complaining elders…of his courtVisited a sage at the feet of dawnIn order to fix his court into calmAnd satisfy his people with need IIHe complained of the terrifying nightmares…of his cousin pushing a dagger into his heartAnd blamed his supporters…for pushing him into the royal limelight…whose dark parts host […]

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AYƐ FO

Ayɛ fo oooƆmo bɔ no donkomi!Kristosom no ayɛ fooooEnti obiara nkɔtɔ bi!Efiri atifi kosi anaafoɔApueyɛ kɔpim atɔyɛObiara nfa ne kruwaa nkɔtɔ Kristosom no bi! B.Sesei wɔn atitiso sei huhuhuhuhuhuAdwamanbɔfoɔ tumi di nwomtofoɔ anim!Nea wohiaa ne sɛ…wo bɛ yɛ no wɔ sum aseAwingaafoɔ tumi yɛ nsɔrɛ nsɔre mpanyinfoɔNea wo hia ne sɛ…wo de nsɛmpaka bɛ brabra […]

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LIVE RIGHT

LiveLive in a way to giveGive your soul its proper nounTo avoid being remembered as an adjectiveOf a common noun IILiveLive in such a waySome people will use you as a threadTo sew threats that others will dreadIn order to build their sheds IIIOh liveLive to brighten the bestAnd frighten the worstLeaving love in good […]

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WATCHING YOU LOVE ME

There is a beauty in seeing ice thaw…fresh from a hardworking freezerThat’s how I feelWatching you love me IIYour charm might be in you walking through the rainEven in your fear of thundersTo get me food I crave IIbYour charm may be from your smiles at my wordsEven when they’re soft, loud…or even harsh IIcYour […]

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SOME BUTTONS IN LIFE

Life is a level playing fieldWhere many equipping hearts are needed…to aid our journeyFor we walk in beings before falling on earthWe ride on shoulders before learning to walkSo take a moment to learn what is needed…sometimes IbSometimes we need a play buttonTo help others view us…on best screens IISometimes we need the pause buttonTo […]

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EELMEOSNYRAY (Puzzle Poetry)

1.Sky’s is kindness great a lessonTeaching to us its embody worksIn to order like live beings…with spirits, hearts, and souls bodiesSo take do to time study +2It us gives from rains aboveSomething need we quench to thirstIt us gives pathfinding the sunSomething need we keep to warmEquipping to survivors their live livesAlthough sometimes it gives […]

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OSAGYEFO

I wish our generation have many like youWe’d have been saved from many a blueAnd would’ve reached many development dawnsAs compared to acting like hunger prawns IIYour mission through your visionsRight to many of your decisionsBrought us lifeLife which is being suffocated and giving us strifeThrough inabilities parcelled as abilitiesAnd calamities from our iniquities IIIIt […]

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FASCINATING TWISTS

Sometimes the story of a King excites not a kingdom…like that of the village drunkBecause he sits where the sun shines most…and sees not many below IIThe village drunk may be dirtyBut privy to minds and hearts…from all cornersAnd may even know of the cocroaches…which hide in gutters…their postures and fears IIIThat same village drunk […]

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THREATS AND FRETS

Once,In a jungle that was fair…and frowned on carnivoresA dog felt insulted after fighting mouse IIHe kept barking and threatening to deal with mouseTo the hearing of allCat, who felt tired of chewing plants…also heard and schemed a perfect plan IIICat caught and ate mouseOne moonless and starless night…managed to leave few of its bones…and […]

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BAABI A OBI FIRIE

Baabi a obi firieNyɛ wo haw ase mfifireNa wo de papa abɔ mu huu huu huuAgu n’anim ase asan ayɛ huuhuu B.Kasa a obi kaƐnnyɛ w’asɛm ho wɔ kaNa wo de ayɛ aseresɛmAma tirimuhweefoɔ de adi nkwasiasɛm D.Enti yɛ ahwɛyieMa ɔman yi asiesieNa atiyie yɛ asomdwoe ne ɔdɔ a abuoƐnnyɛ ɔtan ne ohuro ɛne ɛho […]

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PLIGHT OF THE BARREN 3

Parcelled gifts of smilesHurts grilled like well scented chickenHorrid reminders posing as beautiful songsShe lives the dream of horror IIEveryone is nice to DzifaThey politely tell her of their prayers for herThey subtly direct her to some facility or anotherThey jokingly ask her…when she will bless the world with a child’s cryShe wonders why such […]

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ABETYU (Puzzle Poetry)

0If 1, 2, 3 is boringAnd 3, 2, 1 is tellingLet’s try a 2, 3, 1,…3, 1, 2To find the knot of this non conforming 1.the Static is statistics of highest of the mark celebratory beauty everythe It takes of achievers shapebodies and not to wrinkle carvedwhich Cultivate habits around growth orbitslust and not 2.woman […]

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THE MAIZE MORAL

Besides the rotten before fruitionAnd the pecked before harvestingSome maize are roasted immediately after their harvest…never to taste the smell of a home…talk less see their barn IbSome are sent straight into the saucepanBoiled and eatenSome also taste the sunAnd dryOnly to be milled into doughSome are also nursedTheir hopes upOnly to be squashed and […]

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A SAGE’S STAGE

When scissors get lost in the jungleNaked molerats don’t bother to speakAnd so does the vultureIn the same wayWhen a mouse gets lost…in a fair and just jungleAll self respecting cats, lions…and their carnivorous othersWho have nothing objective to sayMust refrain from making as much a sound IIFor in the moment of tensionA little meow […]

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2020

This is the yearThe year we’ve seen dawn parading naked at noonAnd morn parading nude at nightIn months whose days shrunk into hours…longer than years IIThis is the yearThe year anxieties dance seductively …in videos of fear on our minds’ screensAs the unknown horn uncertainties…in our thinking caps IIIThis is the yearThe year which erases […]

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THE ROOM OF FEAR

Come out of the room of fearAnd you will find a strength to cheer…you into a vehicle whose determination steer…is made to strengthen your will IICome out of that room of your fearAnd you will see the nightmares…as mere scarecrowsYou’ll find your hallucinations as mere harmless shadowsAnd you’ll find yourself on top of the problems…which […]

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WHEN THE FLOOD GATE OPENS

Honking anarchy!Hovering anxiety!Haunting apathy!Hateful atrocities! IbWhen we pray for the flood gate of blessingsWe definitely don’t mean from the Bagre DamAnd we sure don’t mean excessive rains from the heavensSo why is a threat sitting close and causing us to fret…through fear sweatsAs thinking heads worklessly workTowards decisionless decisions? IIDrowning beings!Sinking houses!Gobbled farms!Paupered people! IIbDo […]

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CONTORTED CONSCIENCES

Tɔntɔnte tɔntɔnte!We’re drinking from the tears of poor nurturing!Tɔntɔnte tɔntɔnte!Nursing seeds of blame shifting calls for harvests of murder!Tɔntɔnte tɔntɔnte!We’re drinking from the wine of false men acting messengers of the Most HighTɔntɔnte tɔntɔnte!None marries an enemy but some nurse their lovers into enemies!And wo we weep! IbIf nurturers will raise childrento fear crimesInstead of […]

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ABASOBƆDEƐ

Abasobɔdeɛ yɛ adeɛ ɛnka ɛwɔsɛ yɛde hyɛ…mɔdinbɔfoɔ denTe sɛ nea nsuo boa faango ma teaseanam bɔ adwuma noNso ɛnɛ yiBebree noa na adane abasobɔdeɛ adwamanfoɔWɔ mmere a wɔn abrabɔ mmɔ mmɔden wɔ adwumapa biara muƐbɛyɛdɛn na ɔtweabi nfa nnadaa ntafre amamafoɔ ano? B.Abasobɔdeɛ mu gu ahorowNea ɛhyɛ afoforɔfoɔ nkuranNea yɛde sika tiridii kɔ tɔ de […]

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PLIGHT OF THE BARREN 2

Eno Sekyere sits on a stool in front of her roomIn the compound house whose very foundationAre watching her with its hind eyesWaiting for a mistake to slap her IIAkuaba, her co-tenant’s daughterAnd Mamle, a neighbour’s daughterAre entangled in a brutal fightBy a coal potSo Eno swoops in like a separating SamaritanTearing them off eachotherBefore […]

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PLIGHT OF THE BARREN 1

Adwoa Mansa is a mess in marriage dressShe looks like worryAnd walks like a sorryWhy? Because she has a sad story…causing her duress IIIt’s been seven years since her nuptialsSeven years since her familyHer husband’s familyHer friendsFriends of her friendsHave turned guards of her wombWaiting for the arrival of a bundle from her girdleBut not […]

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DIVISIVENESS

This one said +That one said =They all think (flawed formula 1) b.They all think (so we all must) +Actions of ignorance =Tribal wars (dangerous formula 2) c.Tribal wars = chaos + hurts + deaths(Fatal formula arresting peace…pushing royalty into servitude…and rendering nationals refugees…and or paupers) IThey who are busy fighting off ants in clothesHave […]

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COMPLIMENTATIONS

DaylightDon’t dwell on destinyTo drown all doings in drasticsDownplaying dreams dreading sighting…in their buddingNeeding darkness to protect themYou can cover some breeding good to be unveiled laterYou can also cover some bad…to show only to the law…to be dealt with by its clawsTo keep the innocence of some intact IIDarknessDon’t dwell on destinyTo drown all […]

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A MIND TO READ

Every knot has its untying threadIn the same way, every puzzle has its announcing cluesWhich when followed…unveils its hidden answerThat is why Inspector Zuga failed his investigationAnd Inspector Akplah passed and was promoted IIDavec and Dekil lived in HohoeIn a big house which welcomed no guestsMany called it the No-Go-AreaAll their meetings and parties…were held […]

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HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A DREAM?

G. Have you ever loved a dream?Have you ever loved a dreamSo much so you’re willing to chase it…even if it shows no interest in being wooed by you?That’s how much I love her H. Have you ever loved a dream?Have you ever loved a dreamSo much so that you’re willing to be its fool…for […]

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A DAY TO HIDE

Anytime your thoughts are washedTo the shores of my mindMy heart sinks like a punctured boatI wonder if your tender soul…has been rendered true restI worry and feel sorry…that you grew no roots to the sky of your dreamsI crave a smile at my ovations…which never graced any occasionSo I’m hiding in the dark IIA […]

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ƐBAN BIARA HIA NE BANBƆ

Dabi dabiAkoa bɛsɔre putum aka sɛ daabiAma aniwuo adane Owura…nwuraƐwɔ somboɔ tumi-…kro so ama ne tumi a ɔde tumi…wurɔ kawa fa abatiri de frɛ ɔyiaw aniwuo no…adane no ayiaw etuo aboba akono B.Dabi dabiOnibaabikɔ bɛkɔ baabiAma aniwa aniwa suboɔ…a dabiarada ano de dani no piraboɔAdane ahwehwɛ, ahwehwɛ…wɔn wuranom aniwuo abɔ wɔn suboɔ D.Dabi dabiAboa kankabi […]

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A SUN WHICH REFUSED TO SET

A Sun which refused to setMade many place a betThat it’ll never reach its WestTo leave a history of being among the best IIAs it burnedIt, great power yearnedAs it earnedIt, a grave lesson learned IIIFor with the burn out of its heatCame a turn out for its defeatBut the East will not accept its […]

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THE FOOLISH MANDATE

Once upon a timeLion was the king of the jungleIt fed on all animalsAnd constantly reminded the others…they were nothing but inferior creationsHe worked them like non-liversAnd used them like his toolsUntil the animals decided to dethrone himLion was banished with his family…into the evil forest IIDog, who was the instigator for the dethronementTook over […]

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SLEEP AND WORRY

Serene sleep is sweetSoftens spiritsSmoothens soulsSoars simplicitySometimes slices sorrows to stale sinsShines skinSo sleep in serenity IIWorry wrinklesWorry worsens woesWorry wickedly wrecks wishesWorry wretches winsWorry’s whistles work to wrestle wimps Work well to wrestle worry with wisdomAmoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © September 2, 2020

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MATE IN MY CHAMBER

Two different souls who sleep togetherFrom different habitatsMark the true sense of a miracleSo you’re like my soulMy Ɔkra AbenaYou mate in my chamber IIYour comfort in my presenceYou acting guard in my restYour soothing voice in my sadnessYour daily calls to water my wellbeingAll add up to the miracle you areYou mate in my […]

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CLASSES OF SMILES

Some smiles are kept in filesEnclosed, closedNever to be opened againTo help their bearers be sane IISome smiles can last for a whileBecause they were borne from seeds…watered to gain rootsPampered to gain stemsAnd cared for to turn flowersTo blossom till they wiltAnd they live on in revival of remembrance IIISome smiles can travel milesBecause […]

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ONE IN ALL

Once upon a timeAir, Rain and Sunlight started a conversation as friendsAir said it was the most important thing to manAs men can’t do without it for a secondThey breathe it to liveThey need it to light fireAnd they need it even in rainsThe other two shook their heads in disagreement IIRain also said it […]

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HEN AND EAGLE

Once upon a timeA Hen saw a fallen eaglet…while feeding its chicks in the forestThis Hen added the eaglet to her chicksAlways breaking its clawsAnd removing its feathers to stop its wings from strengthening IIThe Fowl Kingdom asked Hen to either kill the eaglet…or let it looseBut Hen refused to listenShe claimed she could keep […]

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SURO ASRAAFOƆ

Yɛ wɔ mmarima na yɛ wɔ Mmarima!Yɛ wɔ mmaa na yɛ wɔ Mmaa! Obi nhuri nfa ne nsa nkɔwɔ Ɔbonsam ani nfa ne ho ndiMmra de mmraSɛbi, ɔba kwasia na ɛde ntɔkwa foro ɔsraanii…dwene sɛ ɔbɛfa ne ho adiNea onni ahoɔden abetiri wɔ ne fie…na yɛ boro no wurɔ ne kawa fa n’abatiri B.Menua suro […]

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THIS FRESH MOTHERLESS CHILD

She is walking in the rainAnd thinking herself basking in warm sunShe is floating on the happiness of pressureTrying her best to write her testsShe is thinking of building a mansion for her mamaOnce she makes it through her hard workBut fate has uprooted that dreamAnd family have blocked her knowing IIAn accident cost her […]

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RHYTHMS OF FRAGMENTED PALINDROMIC GENDERING

Let waters flowLet cocks crowLet winds blowLet children grow IIThere are:Many a murdrum of dreams of many a madamThere are:Many a mom in solo sagas of parentingWill the shallDo the canTo even the wow radar tenet…men make unbreakable and unshakable IIIIf there be minim level…of a stairless climbAt the noon of youthOr a civic rotator…to […]

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HOW CARNIVORES CAME TO EXIST IN THE JUNGLE

Once upon a timeAll animals were farmersAs some farmed maize…others farmed yamsMany others farmed potatoes…tomatoes…okra…groundnuts…beans…pepper and many othersThe jungle was a very peaceful and lovely place IIOne dayAll the animals woke up to see monkey on a treeThey hailed its prowessAnd loved its anticsMonkey, loving the attention…groomed and taught its family to climbBy two moons…all […]

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THE HURTING PUZZLE

You cunning hcterw!You angry kcirp!You swiny retsnom!You worn out gip!You cut her esoolNow she’ll suck you yrd IIYou used her emitAnd flogged to lock her secnahcYou blocked her kculAfter breaking her sesnefedYou swiped her naelcAnd made her naelParading her like a ekojIn front of an amused ecneiduaYou now have stugTo crawl back to reh?I’m enjoying […]

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RELATIONAL CONTROVERSIES

Just as we love to neglect the earth due to its tenderness and careAnd praise the sky due to how far it isHuman relationships thrive on same controversyThe closer we are to anotherThe more we think them sinners…enemies…or least treat them with indifference IIThat’s why many suffer to build others in vainThat’s why many stay […]

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SHEABUTTER AND SALT

Him/He/His= SheabutterHer/She = Salt Once upon a timeIn a river heated by the sunSheabutter oiled its surfaceWhile salt tormented tongues and eyes…of the river fishes IIThough they disliked him,The fishes hated her for her stingsAnd complained to him about how She was tormenting themHe called on the Unseen She to stop hurting the fishesAs she […]

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MORALITY AND SARCASMS

“Take armsBased on qualmsTo kill peace and cut us into weeds in our own farmsSo we can beg, our made up owners, for almsYou greedy swarms…who hate to tow the calms! IIHow can we trust the pen…which bleeds ink and not blood?How can we trust the book…which leads fights with war?How can we trust debates…which […]

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ADƆFO YƐ NA

Sɛneɛ asikyire frɛ ntatiaEfunu frɛ nwansenaAkɔmbi frɛ moatiaSika ma nyansa noNyɛ saa na abrabɔ kɔ tɔɔtii ma ɔbrabiaraEnti nya asɛm hwɛ! B.Sɛ asan bɔ wo firi adefotepɛn…ɛbɛtɔ ahiafoɔ gyinabea aƐhɔ na wo bɛhunu sɛ namfoɔ wɔ boɔ…nyansa yɛ sika…ahoɔfe wɔ ne boɔ…mpo aniwa wɔ ɔtan kasaOnua nya asɛm hwɛ oo! D.Aniwa bi bɛtumi de adapaa […]

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HOW A KINGDOM BECAME A JUNGLE

Once upon a timeDogs and Sperm Whales alternated…in ruling the Kingdom of AnimalsThey dwelled on the efforts of each animalTo grow the kingdom IIThey used claws of Eagles, Lions, TigersTo protect the kingdom from invasionThey used the determination of antsThe sneaky nature of SnakesThe fire of the DragonsVoices of the NightingalesEyes of bats and owlsStrength […]

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CARE TO BREAK NOT

In this momentWhere you live so succulentEyes are forcing hands to hide their ringsHearts are forcing heads to pull their stringsLove is parcelling lust to race your haveBut know…pulling yourself together is best…so as not to pull another asunder IIEveryone is greedy to have a love to cherishEveryone is needy to own a loving journey […]