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POETRY

​MURDEROUS DRUMS

Fetch the myth that struck the bamboo And woke the sounds of chaos At a time when sleep is most sweetest In the royal palace “Ama Mpapahene ne fontonfrom retwe kora Wɔ nananom nsamanfo ahenkrom!” II Arrest the mice whose blood lured the teeth of vampires To our Bragoro festival And dug out rich “amoasene” […]

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POETRY

GREAT FATHERS

(This is a poem specially dedicated to all great fathers. Happy Fathers’ Day to all those trying so hard to pay tgeir dues and to tend to their children. May God/Allah bless you all) A fertile farm Needs a great farmer Who will carefully choose its seed Meticulously prepare his land In weeding Tilling Up […]

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POETRY

Who will Protect Me from You?

You are like a leaf with thorns within And I am like your fruit You cover like a close umbrella Acting like my protective crown Sieving the sun to give me warmth Blocking the rain to give me coolness Shielding the winds and sending me airs But you painfully pinch within my skin II Who […]

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POETRY

LOVE A FLOWER, LOVE ITS THORNS

Cry rain, light, thunder Blossomed roses flirt with all Dust, filth included Kisses that misses disses Hit hard harbouring hatred II Where is harmony Without ha-money? When hands seek to be seen in waves Instead of fighting for farms? III Love a flower Love its thorns, not only the nectar Love a shower Love its […]

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POETRY

CHEWING GUMS

Listen! Sweet scented gums of today Your parceling is cool Your taste is sweet Beware of teeth of grinders II When they get you They will strap you naked Prepare their tongues In their horrid holes And put you in between their monstrous teeth III They will chew and chew Chew and chew Like grinding […]

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POETRY

CUPIDIC CLOTHES

Cupidic clothes Wrap me up I don’t mind the stupid Make this heart clap I need to feel bubbly like a fulfilled girl Happy like a champion Busy in thoughts like a fancy day dreamer Peaceful like an unstired river Flowy like sea waves Giggly like a plugged Barbie And drive on wheels of heaven […]

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POETRY

A GOD FOR EACH; METHINKS

There must be a God for each! I believe there must be a God for each! Urging on their priced creations Breeding fierce competition Creating chances Being defeated Winning and cheering While they oposing losers cry There must surely be a God for each Creator of a model being to keep Programmer of every soul to […]

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POETRY

HARMATTAN HUES

My ears woke before my eyes In a night whose journey was neither here nor there Hoping to hear songs of beautiful-voiced birds Who sang to souls for eyes to search for their star selves Instead, they heard weak chirping complains Of a handfuls of pest-like sort of birds Accompanied by a feeble taunt Of […]

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POETRY

YOU’VE FALLEN FOR ME

There is a weak voice Coming out of your lungs without choice Squeaking overwhelmingly like a mouse Which has found itself in a mad house But your love for me is highly aroused II. Your eyes tell it all Your pains through your fall Your confusions through my call Bottling in transparency,  making you dull […]

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POETRY

WHEN A DOG BARKS AT ITS OWNER

When the dog barks at its owner In a fierce and ugly manner In a mind that is in order It risks losing its comfy shelter And might sweat in an angry slaughter II Even if it barks in sickness It shows its feared weakness And risks being the red meat Which east and west […]

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POETRY

FADING OLD SKIES

Sitting under the umbrella of civilization I see no village sky I scan my brain but there’s an incrimination Thanks to technology patriotism, my mind says fie! II The beautiful sky with the virgin moon Which has many stars with no fornication to trace Just sank into disappointments as it lost its swoon To discos, […]

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INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEWS

Heart to Heart with Reuben Griffith Bekoe

Our guest post, Reuben Griffiths Bekoe, is a determined soul with a heart of gold. He is a cyclist who is cycling to raise funds for the Ghana Cleft Foundation. He describes himself as a jealous romantic who loves passionately. I say he is a young enterprising young man who might do deeds which the […]

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POETRY

NKRUMAH, A LEGACY (CRAZY STANZAS)

Maybe you were too forward in your approaches Maybe you were born with ideas too “future-ristic” Maybe you were too over zealous in your quest for the best Maybe you hoped for far too much But your works remain a legacy II You were rains on the raging fires of colonialism You were a power […]

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POETRY

WATERFALLS

In this heat You are my waterfalls So lukewarm like a mild cooler Because of your good communication with the sun When I trip in you You giggle and hug me in dance Bouncing me ticklish You quench my anger Like a skilled fireman Washing my sins Like water washing sand Many are those who […]

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POETRY

FOR YOU ARE WORTHY

Birds are singing Like they’ve won their lives Winds are dancing Like they’ve won their lives Trees are praising Like they’ve won their lives What can I do to show you’re worthy? Like a good machine Breath grinds my being Mobility is fine My joints, in sync What can I do to show you’re worthy? […]

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LOVE POETRY

AND HE STANDS SUPREME

Righteous to a fault Too pious, Satan fears to stain A voice like the softest touch Eyes like the vastest, cleanest ocean Many climb and reach far But he stands supreme II Innocent and fine Funny with unbended trust flowing like a fountain A vine without doubts A shelter ready to protect Many climb and […]

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LIFE

YOUNG INKS

Young inks bleed All digging to plant seeds Seeds for a great tree Which will shelter their future II Some will dig shallow holes Because like the parable of the farmer Weeds grow with plants So winds or birds will destroy some plants III Those prepared like Job in the Bible Will dig and grow […]

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RELIGIOUS

SPIRITUAL FIRE

A man stood at the podium Calling himself “the fire man” Shouting blessings Shouting cursings Until the trial moment came II A child of eight, run to the temple Panting in a frenzy Shouting in fear Of the unimaginable So the audience asked “What at all is it?” III Like a Satanic messenger He unfolded […]

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RELIGIOUS

PENKYE OTU’S FLAWS

Could you be just name and fame? Could your spirit be all fake and lame? Why will you and your sons Replace your taste form slaves to leopards? Did you not know what leopards were Did you not know leopards never give their paws freely? Or did you plan a huge royal massacre? Were the […]

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HEARTBREAKS LOVE

I WAIT

Pants of can’ts Excuses in rants Even firewood crave fire Wanting to lead in light Wanting to be a star bright Although being in ashes is no delight But you, like a firefly, tease with your faint glow Saying this and saying that On a day when emotions weep For a play in your tower […]

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WOMEN EMANCIPATION

WE ARE TWISTED (CRAZY STANZAS)

We are like varied but same flowers Pretty in different shapes, colours and sizes We are like flowing rivers Bubbly and dense but burning by rocks beneath We are like opposing reflections Speaking in weird deflections Making dumb demi gods weak While stabbing ourselves with our double edged daggers Yes, we are that twisted II […]

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MOTIVATION

MORNING VISITS

Another morning visits Coming with its stomach Its need for clothing Its need for being walked or driven like a dog Its need for dialogue And its many conflicts in diversity   II Abena, like the earth which must hosts it, I succumb to its whims Allowing myself to be played like its guitar For […]

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LIFE LOVE

FAKE

“I love you, I can’t live without you, You are so beautiful! Hey no one compares to you I will die for you I am so into you Hush and feel my heart beat for you” These are old rags Buried by some ancestors Who died thousands of years ago A real lover is one […]

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LIFE

UNFORCEFULS

What if I don’t want to? What if I don’t want to eat anything? Will I be held at gun point and risk losing everything? II What if I don’t want to sleep? What if I don’t want to sleep anywhere? What if I don’t want to rest? Will I be held at gun point […]

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LOVE WOMEN EMANCIPATION

MOTHERS ARE EVERYTHING (FOR MOTHERS DAY)

They are miracles Miracles who suffer to give Giving the world miracles Too bad many don’t see II They are miracles Miracles whose love are unchallengeable Loving unconditionally Too bad many don’t see III If there were to be a fee For every second a being stays in I am sure that work will be […]

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SOCIAL

DIFFERENT SHADES (SEDOKA)

Sun’s gentility Inviting those needing heat Hugging travellers II Sun’s burning fires Causing all to run into The bosom of shade Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015

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AFRICA LIFE

AT THE HEART OF DAGBON

Running sweats  conceived by mating muscles and mobility in tiredness *** Chapped skin like burstings of mud zones whipped by hot sunshine *** Palms calloused like the skin of a rough tree displaying wares hoping for money exchange *** You realize nothing is easy when you see frustrated breath running through noses  on their hind […]

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SOCIAL

WHEN THEY TURN GOATS

When they turn goats They don’t see their own productions When they turn goats They hit all notes, no matter how high   II When they turn goats They sniff like no other And pounce before looking At the strong or defeated target   III When they turn goats They  swim in tricks Noticing they […]

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LIFE

NEW SHOOTS

Like plantain leaves We roll up Bloom Extend our hands to enjoy the weathers And are heated to dry As the tree of life shoots up And generates new leaves II We are leaves In the winds In our newness We dance In our brown age We fall III I pray new shoots Live in […]

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HEARTBREAKS

SPARKS OF BOREDOM

When love turns sour All hormones bore Oh! How I wish there was a law A law which forces love to tour Tour and catch happiness to the fore To calm all “the-bored”, Store “fore ever “ And stamp “Happy Ever Afters” CHORUS Oh carnivorous bitterness Oh taunting thoughts of unfairness Oh forceful streams of […]

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LOVE

LOVE: GLITTERS, SPARKS AND BURNS

Love has many definitions. It has been described by many as beautiful, surreal, while others think ill of it. If love were a human being, many are those who would have fought because of him or her. Whereas some would have wanted to keep it, others would have wanted to maim or lynch it. It […]

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SOCIAL

KULIKULI

She chews her “kuikuli” And saves her  “kudikudi” “Akrakro” is for the ewe “Nkatebowie” for the Akan “Nkatecake” for whoever So she chews her “kulikuli” Thinking to add her “koose” Caring not for alien snacks And shaming all who think  her shamed “Kulikuli” suits her tongue And she gives what her tongues want And hates […]

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RELIGIOUS

EASTER TO FEASTER

Death for freedom Freedom from evil Freedom from pain Freedom from fear Freedom from principalities and powers Freedom for sainthood in happiness Now that freedom’s head is in the armpit of chaos, Enslaved by brutality Being beaten by atrocities Spit on by materialism Stamped on by selfishness Being slapped by earthly ticklings And insulted by […]

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AFRICA GHANA

EVEN THROUGH THE GOATISMS

We live, Through the snaking smiling gutter maimings To the sitting smokes which puff to mate into killing II We live Through the dotty salaries To the gargantuan prices on needed edibles III We live, Even though we are being ruled By a rich dead goat who fears no knife IV We live, Even though […]

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Uncategorized

A JUMP IN THE WELL

He lived like a goat Taking all the beatings And wearing debt’s coats Took all the curses He rode tear boats Taking all the beggings He yielded to no antidote Until Afia asked him why. II Mr. Kadeka laughed out loud Sat his buttocks And looked so proud Craned his neck To clear the path’s […]

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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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LIFE MOTIVATION

MAGNETIC FEAR

As morning stretches On dawn’s mat In thought’s cover cloth, Fears wear high heels Looking for who to attack. Just who is willing to be that pawn? II What pain on earth has never, ever tasted life Or is never, ever going to taste lives That you sacrifice happiness for fear? Those heels, will never […]

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AFRICA! YOUR HISTORY?

Tears of children rise From empty stomachs Wasting energies without For innocent faces to get visitors of drowning tears, And you sit on thrones fighting superiority? II Africa! Many enterprises die Killed by lack of energy foods School children embrace darkness And shun learning Through no fault of begging books And you, on high pedestals […]

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MOTIVATION Uncategorized

No Images; Please Think

A talk will help with the walk A lock can’t help to block *** Prep does help in bold step No bumper comes from slumber *** Cats are lions when they yearn to reach Zion As bats are eagles when they battle daylight *** Wise words have smooth road In the ears of one who […]

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LOVE

THIS LOVE WITHIN ME

I know I don’t do much Well, I may not know much I don’t crave for so much Just crave for a lover’s touch *** Signing in symphony Smiling in harmony Settling in spendable money Non needs to frown tasting honey *** I’m not asking for much I can’t fight you in a match I’m […]

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LIFE

SEDUCTION OF SIN

Why sin was made ineluctable, Abena, I do not know Its terribly sweet whispers Its beautiful shapes and colours Its mysterious rush of adrenaline Its promises of gain Rubbed by its soothing balm of satisfaction after success, Erase thoughts of its consequences II There I was Standing at the threshold of sin Watching Amidu cuddle […]

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LOVE

THAT LOVELY MEL

Sound the bell Let actions tell Of the tree which fell For the lovely Mel In an analogy which sells And I will step into the shoes of Mel And wouldn’t mind being the tree which fell   II Long go, a huge tree fell Across a trench which was so deep It fell to […]

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HEARTBREAKS LOVE

PUPPETS (HAIKU)

We started on clouds Now pride ties us like a rope Dangling us in air   II How did we get here? Mouths playing opposition To our hearts true sounds   III How did we get here? Tears for the open hidden And shed in the dark   IV How did we get here? Ears […]

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SOCIAL

BITING BOUTS

Baron bought bread brought by Berth Beating Ben by bribing Berth Brewing beverages bought by Ben Belittling Brown by buying beef Brought-up by Brown’s best boys II “Bring my bread Bring my beverage Bring back my beef in the best bowl” But Baron boasted by biting the last bite Betting Both Ben and Brown That […]

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WOMEN EMANCIPATION

FARMS OF GREENS

When farms of greens are cultivated And the farmers are without harvesting tools And the farmed lack the strength of nutrition Chaos abounds How these farms get farmed By allowing the farmers to farm to harm Beats minds which care for ready farms Please get green farms to term Please get green farms to grow […]

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LIFE SOCIAL

SAINTS AND SINNERS

Selling sin sores Satan saw such seal; Saints seek supremacy, So Satan sold to series of saints II “Send sinners to the stakes” Supposed saints say in symphony Silly, scents of sins Sorrowfully  stay on the saints III Stop sending sinners to the stakes Saints are sentenced to sell sins too And if saints say […]

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LIFE

NONE CAN FIGHT RAIN

After her lips was kissed by the harmattan which left its peels as her souvenirs, she resolved to begrudge rain which failed in its rescue and like one fighting her soul, she basked herself in her madness II She boxed with revenge and was punched by thirst still, she boxed with hatred and was punched […]

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DEATH

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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LIFE SOCIAL

INTER-POSSESIOS (HAIKU)

The internet rocks Being the gossip which knows all And readily shares II As just as it can It produces all it’s given Like a tutored child III So many regret When their weaknesses are keyed Looking for cover IV Those with self goodies Always need circulations For fame and stardom V It is the […]

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ARTICLES

Motor Bike Murders; Help Save Lives in Tamale

Tamale is no doubt a motor bike zone but the motor bikes have now turned into the murderers of the young. Three years ago, my mother who went to the Tamale Teaching Hospital told me about a motor accident which crushed a young man’s head leaving his body jerking for minutes on a stretcher, obviously […]