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POVERTY

BRUSH PUSH

I saw you bare your fangs …and try to hang …when your friend’s success bang rang Why? Hush your rush and brush your push II Your current location …is someone’s hopeful destination Your hopeful destination …is someone’s takeoff These are facts fate feeds …beyond understanding So hush your rush and brush your push III Many […]

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POVERTY

CONSOLATION

​ Tongues taste to determine Hands touch to feel Legs walk with destination marks And so it is that life does rock II The painful part of mortality Is losing one whose feet never touched life’s dock The saddest part of motherhood Is imagining memories that never hatched The saddest part of parenting Is wishing […]

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POVERTY

I AM A STUDENT

I am a student A student is I Who dresses like a brushed kangaroo With eyes of a determined eagle And the spirit of a meek sheep Hoping to be strong in mind like a blessed ant To grow in wisdom as giraffes grow in neck II I am a student A student is I […]

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POVERTY

FRIENDS

They act like foes Hitting truths like nails They hug like bears Chasing pains and fears They share the weight Of sad and troubled thoughts They compliment without prejudice Play without attitude They laugh without the weirds And care without much stress Real friends Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2016

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POVERTY

PAINT US COLOURLESS

Paint us colourless Former and builder, please paint us colourless Let us be like water Seeing each of our shadows in us to the latter To make our hearts reason better II Paint us colourless Master Craftsman, oh Great Artist Let us be like mirrors Seeing our reflections in each other to the latter To […]

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AFRICA POVERTY

MANDELA’S MOSQUITOES

I think a mosquito bit Nelson Mandela An anopheles mosquito He caught it But saw it as waste If he killed a mosquito which could not give him back his blood And so he let it be Such a mistake it was II So this mosquito went ahead to breed And bred barbarisms Lazy cocoons […]

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LIFE POVERTY SOCIAL

THE RUTHLESS POLICEMAN

Who gave it breath? To eat and live And act like the wolf Which eats beings without fangs? II Who gave it eyes To see all colours To judge and harm Souls of beings with no known knives? III Who wore it clothes To make it perfect To taunt all beings Who’re being flogged by […]

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AFRICA GHANA POLITICS POVERTY

PROTHIEFICS (TANKA)

I have thoughts to say; Lion as chief of the forest Concatenates to Loss of smaller animals In the forest of Hanah II I’ve more thoughts to say; Leopards and hyenas know it But are afraid to Stir the nest of fearful bees Others think their stomachs precious III I still have more thoughts Coterminously, […]

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AFRICA GHANA POVERTY

SEASON VISITS EYES, POCKETS AND HEAT

Who is there? Oh all are here! I see the things Which Christmas brings But my pocket cries out And my mouth does pout II Who sees it? Oh all feels it Many are those  Who’ll think of overdose To end the shame And get a loose name III Who is happy? Oh the sit-and-eats […]

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LIFE POVERTY SOCIAL

WALLS

Beaming bricks bear balls of bests Blistering bricks bear blows of bills Brimming sorrows of loneliness and pain Tears like rain in terrible torrents Fall on the latter whose mouth is sealed And has eyes which can’t be concealed The former’s life is but a hall of smiles Success reigns and honour calls loud In […]

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LIFE POVERTY

BLEEDING THOUGHTS OF CHRISTMAS

I am shivering thinking of the fowls many will be slaughtering forgetting the children hunger will be slaughtering II I am crying thinking about boxing day of gifts and the many children pain will be boxing in a session of reminiscence where giving must reign III I am yearning for hearts which will open like […]

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LIFE POVERTY

MY CHI

I live in that song Among all who long Up on the Pong breeze II Chi, Chi chi chi chi A bird is my chi So there are many dangers I can’t smoke like the gangsters Lest the smoke brings in hunters I can’t fly so high Lest I’m shot by guns I can’t walk […]

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AFRICA LIFE POVERTY

AFRICAN BOASTERS (SUCCESSIVE CLERIHEWS)

Professor Yaw Darko Hated Mr. P aul Arko He claims he copies westerners While he epitomises Africanness II He wears African colours And hates all foreign “shudders” He speaks in African tongue And so feels among III He fights Mr. Paul Arko Who is not like he Darko Because he wears foreign And drives cars […]

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HEALTH POLITICS POVERTY

CORRUPTER’S PILLOWS

In the pillow of the corrupt are; Tears of orphans, Pain of unemployment Harshness of depression Sins of the unaffectionate Aggression of the youth Future babies of robberies Future hardened prostitutes Perpetrators of kidnappers Negligence Injustices Bribery Lateness Deaths Amidst others In that pile, I wonder they leap sleep To many mornings Knowing their punishments […]

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POVERTY

INFANTILE STREET PRISON

In the silence of sound I shiver thinking around Motherless, fatherless Infants dining with streets Gaining nothing. Heartless Vampires preying and feasting As mosquitoes crave pounds Of their flesh, bedbugs too feast II Some wombs cry for these, Yet need those moulded from Their haemoglobin. What is The difference between them? They are: Fresh breakable […]

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KIDS LIFE POVERTY

INFANT LONERS

I am a tadpole A tadpole made to be a frog My safe place is a cave in some safe river But I thread where sharks and cat fishes hunt Just to feed My pole can’t swim far But what can I do? I came from somewhere I know I came from somewhere Yet it […]

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AFRICA GHANA POLITICS POVERTY

NO CHRISTMAS FOR GHANA (CRAZY STANZAS)

I Light is a rare visitor Money is a haunter Hunger is the landowner And pain is the comfy seat Of Ghana, my Ghana II A Cedi today, Ten Cedis tomorrow A promise today, A hiding tomorrow Demonstration in succession Courts and orders There’s no Christmas for Ghana Not for Ghana, my Ghana III Delicious […]

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LIFE PEACE POVERTY

BLEEDING MOODS

I When dogs bark at night And owls hoot in support And thunders shout in fright Worry infested thoughts explain “This is pure witchraft How can this be? Dogs are barking Owls are hooting Thunders are striking They’re surely out to get me” Interpretations about with mood II Let there be peace Let there be […]

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AFRICA POVERTY

MISSIONS WITH VISIONS

Hardly a day goes by That abysmal suffering fails to make beings sigh But you work and work Uniting families And fixing cracks in the lives of children And those who need it most A smile is your payment Laughter is your per diem A hug is your motivation But God above sees it all […]

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POVERTY

CARE IN POVERTY

Tattered torns Trail no tins Turn from town Test the trends Before your bends Because metals fly free Like birds You might not know When you’ll bump into any There are many who want To see tattered tensed in dirt So will cheer the metals on Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2014

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LIFE POVERTY

TWISTING TWISTS

I A loan for your blood Genius! Unbuyable yet sold Money beats blood II Food for your sanity Amazing! Abstract yet sold Hunger beats thoughts III Love for your peace Preposterous! Precious yet sold Loneliness beats peace IV We know not what we want We sit and think We think and regret We regret too […]

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KIDS POVERTY

PURE ANGELS

“Kokrokooooooo Ade akye oooo” The static bell of the cock in wake I ask: Are motherless children happy? Did they sleep well? Have they no fears? Fears of impending danger, Hunger, Thirst, Loneliness, Ridicule Forced labour? Are there many thinking of them? Are there many wanting to wipe their fears? Are there many to give […]

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HEALTH POVERTY SOCIAL

WEALTHY HEALTH

I The poor cries wolf And sees no wealth in health The rich sleeps not And hopes for peace like the poor II Two eyes Walking legs Working hands Ungrateful mouth III Every blessing deserves a praise Who helps an ingrate Who sees not the little things And nags as the wounded dog with flies […]

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AFRICA KIDS LIFE POVERTY

UNFEELING (TANKA)

I Lightnings strike and bright Thunders of  stomachs rumble Drought mouths fight the breeze As their eyes rain cats and dogs Hunger gnaws at their in-beings II Weakness is their king A look; all it takes to know But none seems to see Those who see, follow strict rules Hunger must bite lazy hands III […]

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LIFE POVERTY

SAUCY STEW

  Simmering stew stands smiling Sending sweet scents Scents sent as swords to silence stomachs Stomachs scattered by scanty scoops of cereals Scudding surreptitiously in outstanding signals Sealing sadness like sexy serpents to unsuspecting stomachs Stomachs seriously searching for strength to save Searching seriously for a savior who comes with scents Silly scoundrel! You simmering […]

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AFRICA POVERTY

HEAR THE CHILDREN WEEP

A sponge for many bodies A room for countless beings Tea without milk Fetched with fingers like soup None waits for the train moves And the latecomer is left hungry No toothbrushes because none can afford They are the children of the present Unfortunate to have been left by their mothers Unfortunate to have been […]

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POVERTY SOCIAL

THINK OF ME

Think of me Me who sleeps Sleeps in filth Filth which reeks pain Pain which kills Kills innocent souls Souls which help Help in shaping this world World of chaos Chaos which makes way Way for more suffering Suffering of sadness Sadness which kills Kills the soul Soul which leads Leads to the spirit Spirit […]

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AFRICA POVERTY

WILL THE POOR BE SAVED

Will the poor be saved? No! No! No! And No! They will never be saved No matter their struggles Most will fall at the hands of poverty Because they are businesses Businesses of some unscrupulous dudes Who profit at their sufferings And revel in their misery The dirtier the better The more pathetic, the richer […]

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POVERTY Uncategorized

HER BLOOD AS BONES OF THE GUTTER

I Her birth blood from the gutters scream For her to all the filth redeem Her blood can’t stand likes with her dream And can no longer stand their scream II She can’t be called rich as such In her wardrobe designer is much All her looks have a Midas touch And authenticity dwells in […]

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POVERTY

HOW ARE THEY?

The rude visitations of the rains Touch my sanes What becomes of Those with unsheltered homes?   What happens to Those with no mother’s arms?   Who tends to Those with no towels of comfort,   Who feeds Those who live from hand to mouth?   I weep watching their plight in my mind Cooped […]

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POVERTY

I ASK GOD WHY

  As the many land With golden spoons And the many land With silver spoons With others landing With a bronze spoon How can you sit there watching While I land with no spoon?   As the many reject The many clothes in boos And the many reject The many shoes With the many loving […]

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KIDS LIFE POVERTY

MAMA’S SPACE

Mama’s space Is occupied by air   Mama’s hug Is always done by the tree   Mama’s voice Is lost in the wind   So in my many nightmares I have no voice to call mama   Because when the trees and the air Run there, their scare will stop my heartbeat. Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia […]

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KIDS POVERTY

THE HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN WEEP

They swam in competition for the eggs And won their race Just hoping for some pecks So they bore all the cramping and escaped from sicknesses’ chase Only to come to the shore To realize they boarded the wrong vehicles     Now what? No matter the many walks one will take You see some […]

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LOVE POVERTY

APES IN FEATHERS

Now in the arms of money Lies the fairest of beings Kwaa Attah, being a bird Whose wings have been clipped by The sharp teeth of money What will be my fate?   I watch as perfectly painted beaks, Claws and faces saunter  like Angels  in perfect outfits walking on rainbows into arms of apes […]