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SUNS AND DAYS

Some suns rise …they rise through clouds Some suns rise …they rise through rains Some suns are lucky …to rise through clear skies But some suns …some good good suns never rise to bless their days Still all are suns worthy of mention II Some suns shine They shine through their clouds Some suns shine […]

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VILE VULTURES

They hang on top of tall trees …like shadows in the dark Their noses on radar …searching for who and or what will fall In order to swoop down for feasts II They are the best friends of death …those vultures! They are one of the biggest benefactories of death …those vultures! They are part […]

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WHEN I FINALLY LEAVE

When I finally leave Let it be known that I was the leaf which struggled to stay …on the right branches of the tree of life And heeded no intimidating winds II When I finally leave Let it be known that I lived like a sheep …meek, mild, affable, humble But fought like a lioness […]

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TO HADJARU

Spirit I wish to dish a dream To retake life and live to the brim And grow your soul to sell fulfillment …to your all before the call of your fall Ib It is always abnormal when a young fruit falls …from its strong tree As many a ripe ones hang Why are the cruel […]

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ADWOA FƆDWOƆ

Adwoa Fɔdwoɔ Adwoa Fɔdwoɔ de saa de saa …akɔ fam owuo bo sɛɛ bam! Ama ne mmadwoa mpaebɔ aka agu N’awareɛ anidasoɔ abutu Ne Na ahobanbɔ apaska …ama ne bayie kwaadu ɛɛdɛre buruburu te sɛ Ɔbonsamgyamu faango aka bɔne gya Amanfoɔ eebisa deɛentia dua-wui gyina nkwamu …ɛɛma dua-mono abu Yei laaa! b Adwoa Fɔdwoɔ Adwoa […]

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FUTURE GHOSTS

All those who boast with toasts …of having the most Should know, earth is a temporary host And all with breaths are future ghosts II All those who read into shreds …of knowledge’s reds Will go, when their flag bells ring III So live like a sun …rising to set Live like a rose …blooming […]

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YOUR THOUGHTS (For Hon. Abla Dzifa Gomashie)

I’d like to be a vein in your thoughts To see what sadness for you has got To know what your weeping soul has bought …for your many thoughts II I’d like to be in your thoughts To hear the horrors in your heart As the call for casket closure booms Do your hurts now […]

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THIS HOME WE WILL ALL GO

Heads buy thoughts from many sources As to how it is beneath, ha! Untrusting, fearing, praying Souls shiver in spirits which scare bodies But we know the trip is imperative No matter our standing II I know death is an animal unseen That whose teeth tire not in chewing That whose hunt never fails That […]

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MODELLING UNSEEN PAIN WITHIN

I look at the grieving me in any mirror And see the monstrous horns of horror I think about the remaining you in the cold In between the teeth that earth crush in fold Then I remember I was told There was a concrete with cement sold To the mouth of the earth through the […]

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CUNNING

Gates of life are on shes Fact! Hammers for carving those gates are on hes Another fact! But birth births death And hides in sicknesses Accidents Suicides Cruelty Old age Always conniving with time To blow forgetfulness On its mischievous handiwork How cunning! Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © Dec. 26, 2018

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I WAS WRONG

I was wrong I was wrong to try to tear this mud house Into a palace of comfort For a future I knew nothing of II I was wrong I was wrong to move you to the best place I thought possible Knowing not I was pushing you into a dangerous dungeon III I was […]

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​IF MY TOMORROW NEVER COMES

If my tomorrow never comes And my end’s vehicle lands Will I, like a legless eagle with broken wings, soldier across To my ancestral land with a smile Or throw tantrums and be dragged there like a prisoner? II If my tomorrow never comes What will I be on tongues of others? A chewing gum […]

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​IF I KNEW I WOULD BURY MY SEED

If I knew I would bury my seed And feel the rot which my happiness bought And rock the cot which cries of cold I wouldn’t have bothered in its plantation II If I knew the ways of death And of its throat Which swallowed more than pythons In a realm where my eyes can’t […]

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DUNGEONS ON DEATH

A decade ago I was a decade less from three My leaves as fresh as the morning dew My stem as strong as the odum tree My roots as firm as the nim tree But here I wilt Into the dungeons of death II My voice was as sharp as the sharpest sword Cutting down […]

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WHEN DEATH HURTS

It stirs the pots of love On bright fires of happiness And takes out the juiciest meats Leaving soups watery with their crumbs II When death hurts It swoops down like a hawk And arrests the most promising chickens Leaving its family too stifled to weep III When death hurts Tears hide from eyelids Fancying […]

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TRANSIENT THINGS

Clouds form to give life to rain Rivers flow to give strength to seas Plants grow to feed, heal or kill But beings grow into the earth We know not the colour of ghosts Like meteorologists and their audience Some predict Some believe Some sit on fences to just watch We, these sad girls Amoafowaa […]

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THE WORTHLESSNESS OF LIFE

Did I see it green or brown? Did I see it not at all? Did I see it still or wavering? Maybe the eyes of my sight is lost Now I look But I see not it The sight sees all But what seems lost Like a paint eaten by its sheet Its debris remains […]

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DEATH THE SCHOOL

Death is like a school The many that pass through Are like the many admitted The students complain Like dried leaves under feet Yet take it all The punishments and sleepless nights Sitting for examinations Passing or failing to fall Leaving a replaceable space The only killer of death known now Is birth If birth […]

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MOUTH WATERING

Oh what feathers on that meat What beak it rocks What comb it flags What legs it models Whatever lies beneath those feathers Are like future chewables Calling hidden saliva To assemble on tongue grounds Its foundation structures like unbreakables Waiting to be subdued by teeth grinders Whatever occasion will call for this Will be […]

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BLACK SUNDAY (CRAZY STANZAS)

I know you swallow it all Green or brown in lastly fall Weak or strong when they’re slashed by the “amuntum” call A call of croaks from the throat of “Yaamoa Owuo” II Is conscience lacking you Or you lack the pit to carry its pot? Who eats the little bitter mangoes When ripe ones […]

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THE DEATH OF DEATH

When I hear the death of death I shall be a worthy ghost One lower spirits will fail to host And higher spirits will use to boast As satisfaction sits like a queen on my coast Watching pain roast Like a live coward losing breath II When I do hear news of the death of […]

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GIVERS AND LOSERS

There are new shoots begging to see the world Airs are ringing bells For leaves to leave their creators And follow the air to the land of their birth Or other lands for fertility Like all, the earth partners great trees Shedding breaths long overdue To make way for the new So creation is like […]

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FADERS

When ashes travel down south And charcoals get missing All we can hear are stored words of the mouth As breaths go missing Like grasses stepped on by elephants Time steps on us with its weight And we fade like fake paints  On the wall of the earth Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia

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THAT LONE SPACE

Life is like a string rope And we are like a group of masked ant circus On its slim grounds No matter how many hands hold When the dew-drop of death selects The hold becomes meaningless As it cages in a lone space II Tears are no life revivers in the fallen Hurts are no […]

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FUNICASH

Eternal goodbyes are like pinches in the abdomen Now I see there are lots to worry about As Grandma Bombay lies still in the arms of the faceless And the tears for her flows like the Kintampo Waterfalls Many bring their wallets, empty Hoping to refill  Even water in sachet cost more than an average […]

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SOUNDS OF TODAY

“Bue! Ouch! Agyeiiii! Meku la! Aaaaah!” Mourning Sounds of today Like a deathzone Everything reeks mourning From shooting of God’s men in church To thunders lighting the fires of flood to “ghosten” beings Sounds of today! II “Ei! Eh? Wosh! Appalling!” Suprising sounds of today Hidden answers find themselves naked on the market Prostituting and […]

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I AND I (STYLISH TANKA)

In the midst of storm The sweet breeze blankets from dust The eyes must take form And close to shield from the storm Who but God gives reflexes? II The arms of the cold Bites when it catches the lone But they pretend to hold When they see others and mourn Who but God gives […]

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NOW THAN LATER (HAIKU)

When tired leaves fall They pray to escape the winds To escape its taunts II They need their quiet rest Under the tree they have served To decompose there III They don’t need to be Whisked by an unknown wind to Unfamiliar lands IV Let me be lucky To fall so quietly without Heeding to […]

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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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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 […]