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MALE MARKS

Cocks have combs Lions have manes Beings have beards Most have marks seen But all have marks unseen And almost all need their “weak” counterparts In order to save themselves from extinction But their strength breeds cruelty In the pots they need to eat None must be silly enough To bite the hands that do […]

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AN EAGLE BORN TO FOWLS (EXCERPT)

I see through the forest of no tree What I am and have always been An eagle born to fowls Fowls as cunning as Kwaku Ananse So have tied my legs with thick ropes of problems Causing… Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015

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NOTABLE

Many are breath holders Many, like any, are death scared Whereas fowls clap for themselves In foot’s flights And birds prostitute on normal trees in average flights Eagles battle the skies for space Knowing their strength need fierceness of bravery In order to show Breath holders like vultures cheat the dead Cowardly are their generations […]

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WHINE AS I SHINE (EXCERPT)

Whine as I shine Dine as I work in line The great palm tree That knows not its importance Dies with whipping clothed broom Which yearn to sweep the earth’s dirt Or help farmers carry things No matter its ungracious ending That same tree is bitten by palm worms Which yearn to live to be […]

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THE SPIDER AND THE TORTOISE

Naked tortoise sat and watched As its shell-loss-pain hijacked his happiness And kidnapped all his will to live So Kwaku Ananse took his sad cue And looked for ways to own what tortoise wanted gone II Ananse wove a dubious plan Like skilled Bonwire fingers weaving kente And draped it on tortoise’s body Whose spirit […]

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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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PALM-WINE AND DISCO SONGS

This world is filled with cats and dogs Cats with sniff-talents oh so strong Dogs with pitchy-voices oh so loud There’s no trace of worry They deem so sorry So it’s meow and “aoooooo wo wo wow” II Lucky are those with the many cats And sorry are those with the many dogs For their […]

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IF LEGS HAD EYES

If legs had eyes Coupled with mouths With internal brains On their stem structure like heads They won’t act kings Always being carried There are many a places They would have boycotted And many a thorns Would have tongues Which would have never tasted their skins Oh many aches Out of long strides Would have […]

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HELP THEM HIGHER

We were little witches Those only mouths hooted As thoughts revered So got away without being murdered For fake gods who lived in the minds Of men whose egos were at stake II We are the stubborn ones Ones society uglies for the kingdom of marriage Too strong “Maame Gyata” Too opinionated “wo ka a […]

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FLOWERS

Blooming flowers Refreshing scents Smile weavers We are like the lotus Which disinfect the world No matter where we grow We get the flow II We bloom in kindness to put out gloom Work to light all doom We run this world Weaving in crafting For this exhibition of humanity To continue III We are […]

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GONE DAYS

(Picture by Matilda) Gone are the days When I was part of the flowery flock Which hugged the falling rains, Whispered at the straining sun Kissed the raging storms And played “pi-lo-lo” With nectar-chasing pests II Gone are the days When I was like the waters abroad Having waiters wait Hoping to have a swim […]

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UNKNOTABLE ROPES

Once, some ropes Lived in single streams They fought over many things Like enemies competing for space Until Odomankoma got angry And made a decision to knot them together II Those who claimed allergy to others’ sweats Those who wanted to murder others to feel better Those who sat on fences Were all given a […]

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COLD AND HOT

As the sky tears thunderously In many spirited drops from its vast eyelid C I am ten thousand hot minds and one Forced into a little boxy shivering me II Which strand of thought is it going to be? Will the right one pop up for me to see? Is there a true mind-teller who […]

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THE SUN DAWNS

After setting for so long The sun’s head is casting its shadows Showing its grand arrival Hoping hope sits in hearts for anticipation Instead of towel throwing II After setting for so long Its coming is palpable But its heat drains sweat needed for hydration The sun is a king wicked in absence Gracious in […]

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TEACHERS (DIAMANTE)

Teachers bright, playful teaching, grooming, loving affable, honourable, difficult, scrutiny blessing, counselling, impacting win, lose tutors Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015

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COOL AND CRUDE

Sometimes your veil is too thick Too thick to brand eyes impotent in sighting Oh love! II Sometimes your faith is too fierce Too fierce to think it can conquer all bad Oh love! III Sometimes your voice is like an angry thunder Too loud that ears behave like cut nails Useless and careless! Oh […]

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE UGLY

What do you do? When mouths quiver After eyes and minds inform them of your presence II How do you live? When you fall into the perfect line of societal uglyhood Do you get scared When you see frightened eyes And find your image in the mirrors if their eyes? III Do you own a […]

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NEGLECTORS

When seas beget shells Some sands’ fear of capturing Flies care abroad Sands’ prayers call for legs To bury their threat Forgetting they will be the coffins Balls on walls deflect Minds mostly forget Sad Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015

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TEACHING (IN SEMI SONG)

Chorus Teaching Is enlightening Is Loving Is cariiiiiiiiiiing It is giving for giving In liviiiiiiing It is life in entirety   I I know God is a teacher He is a teacher who produces great teachers Great teachers to let his world be explored and known So all those who step into his shoes Are […]

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PREYERS

People pray like pawns Preying on paupers like pests Picking peppers and pocketing peace Pieces like prints put in pairs Show swines sweeping their slimes on saints Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015 

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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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HERE AND NOW

Here and now Cut the throat of all ailing And let’s see to their deaths And take off all their feathers Cut them into pieces And throw them to the dogs After burning all that was taken So as to ensure we never see their pestering selves In the future meant for us II Here […]

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EID MUBARRAK (SCRIBBLE, NOT A POEM)

He who knows the story Knows how to celebrate for his glory Once, a prophet Ibrahim Was ordered by Allah To sacrifice his son Who was known as Ismaeel For He; Allah’s pleasure Ismaeel was Prophet Ibrahim’s treasure Whom none could measure But he heeded the call of Allah And Allah too ended his trials […]

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BODY MASONS

It is that time That time that monkeys can turn fairies Aided by the sharp hands of knives Body masons mix their mortars Cutting parts of those built by God  And transferring it in pasting, onto other parts Sometimes injecting bodies like corpses Hoping to build mounds around areas apt for dancing Draining parts to […]

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SHUNNED RAINS

When Time’s legs were short And most technological gadgets were in the scrotums of male minds Except for a little cold to fear Occasional clouds were pampered to fall II As legs melted And hearts, like the softest of tuo zaafi yearned As holier hearts melted like shea butter in plea Clouds yielded And visited […]

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TWISTING FACTS (SUCCESSIVE TANKA)

Ugly shadows cast On the fairest of angel Deceiving watchers prayful As he trains beautiful beings To swerve them  like idiots II Cool winds blow over To the praying mantis’  Who look out for hot Fanning their eyes to sleep well Using their curses for them III Brightened shadows show Attracted worshippers kneel Loving the […]

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DANCING NAKED

Nothing can hide Our joy in ride Oh nothing can hide Our smiles so wide Not even clothes Can aid our foes Let us dance naked Dance to the sweet melodies of fireflies let us dance naked With our photographers as the moon and stars Even mosquitoes will only add To our melodies in harmony […]

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CATTLE OF EARTH

Like fishes choked by water Like birds choked by air Like trees choked by the earth Noses choke by air of life How noses fight air Thinking to win,  beats imagination Who fights the earth on which he stands? No matter how carnivorous earth seems Who can fight and live on it? We are cows […]

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NO WITS HERE

Many sit with their news on their laps Some sit with their youngsters by their sides Like a human with cow horns All eyes turn to me and mine As he jumps like an antelope Neighs like a horse Shakes like a buffalo And runs like a Bolt on weeds I am the only being […]

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GOD THE TAILOR

He sows spirits into body clothes And leaves the seams bare Every step undo a thread Until the bodies’ clothes fall As the spirits develop wings And fly in myth To the unknown Of course a huge bump scatters all threads And so does huge cuts and hits As other factors melt or burn the […]

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ATTRACTED

Eyes wake facial beings Ears look, stand and gape Mouth opens slightly, smiles and renders tongue naked Cheeks roll in fists Nose just smells the happiness As stars bath naked In the fenceless sky II Which soap sparkles so? As to light and show On kings in a fenceless sky? Could it be some sparkling […]

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THOUGHTS UPON THOUGHTS

I stand a sinner Chasing thoughts making me thinner Racing heart causing me breakage As unknown tomorrows sing me songs II I don’t know I don’t know if the heads white leaves Will showcase me tomorrow Still two handed instead of three III I don’t know I don’t know if this mud’s wrinkles Will showcase […]

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SUNDAY

Sun, you have a day And your day wears the most pious clothes In the whole wide world II Sun, your clothes are sinless And they sparkle like you As they turn most sinners Into hypocritical hollies III Sun, may I ask a thing? You sure aren’t without sin Are you? Because you shine And […]

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FADED BLINDNESS

You were to me the golden goose That laid my golden happiness And made sure I sparkled, even in heat But one knows not what awaits If the hands are freed to search No matter how precious something is, Once left to go It dissipates into nothing So I set you to sail From the […]

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AND HE TURNS FOUR

Like a gentle flower, He made his way through my highway In speed Crying for the usual jubilation So small, raising questions of his being And he made all happy Never knew he was to face hurdles gargantuan In his easily countable stay Boxing sicknesses Wrestling illnesses Damaging unwelness And the flower churned He so […]

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CHRI-FE

I’d like to see God as a playful father One who loves for me to do my desire And warns when He sees that there is fire If I hear not, burns bring Him running II I’d like to see God as that loving father Who knows my faults and my strong hold And knows […]

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THE SICK DOCTOR

Stitching skins Fixing bones Like one with God’s hands She lives like sickness’ feared zone None dares to look for any ills In her body territory But sicknesses know the saying A cat is best suited For the safekeeping of meat So what she healed Crawled like dying snakes Into her being and gained strength […]

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NO FREEDOM IN BREATH

Thoughts of childhood swim in limited freedom Thinking money, food love give happiness in this lifedom As time flirts with growth And conceives maturity through experiences We get to know There is no freedom in breath II Plants dance with the air But most breathers live on their deaths Trees bear weight Their skins pealed […]

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CARNIVOROUS TEETH OF ALIEN RELIGIONS

We were like flowing rivers Free Worshipping through nature Matters of guns, bombs and brutal killings were rare Until our arms embraced Our minds did lace Our traditions turned mud And washed ashore Alien worshippings II Did we not know That their teeth will one day seek blood? Did we not know That their thoughts […]

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PROBLEMS

Problems, like raw yams, Itch tongues Urging them to roll Like red carpets Aiming for knights to come through Shut the mouth tight And lock it in For ears abound Hovering to make fun forever With you on your painful problem stage II Problems like chopping onions Sting the eyes Forcing them to cry in […]

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WOE OF MAN (CRAZY STANZAS)

They deemed me; a little shoot, weak Too fragile to any good seek And God did give them a puzzling trick Storms uprooted I fell and they laughed But He kept my roots intact Throwing loamy soil on them Giving them fair rains Fair sunlight And fair air II Still neglected I grew with loads […]

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ROLL, YOU STONES

Minds sleeping Waste of lives Arms folded Bothers to chest or laps or hips Legs static Waste in mobility Rolling stones gather moss But their hardwork help them to clean Sayings is salt Too much of it Makes edibles not tastable So I rest thinking you sage Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015

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A FOLDED WONDER

A folded wonder In a living wonder Like a beautiful seed In a beautiful flower Breathes and coils Kicks and stretches Bloating up to help touch down II It is a wonder With many future wonders Blocking or fulfilling dreams with its dreams Causing a discomfort, generating anxiety Creating anticipation A space for a new […]

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PREGNANT

Stores of feeds Destroyer of seeds Sweats of beads Gluttonic deeds Like a pregnant fish out on the lands II Bloating of tummy They tell of signs of riches. Pain of an army! Oh! What? Blimey! Sure looks so ‘harmy’ Like a pregnant whale out on the lands III A beer  washing fufu and potatoes […]

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BREATH OF TOIL

Take the breaths of toil Please take the breaths of dead toil You can give it a hot boil  To stop it from decomposition, Fertilisation and growing to cause commotion II Ama Akyaa’s dead grandmother’s hatred For Akosua Doku’s dead grandfather Has no reason to live to this moment Causing pain, havoc and fear And […]

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THE BEAUTIES UNTOLD

I am awed at the fraud Which sings tunes of stardom On the world front making us odd Like beings whose brains are pounded and eaten in a kingdom Seeking hidden masters for their golden throne All the beauties hidden within, imprisoned by strong deceitful stones II In what is hidden lies hospitality Smiling like […]

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SPICY GOSSIPS (HAIKU)

Spicy nice gossips Simmering from biased mouths Serving on radios II Many smacking tongues Wash with chewing sticks and wait To take hot huge bites III At a taste, they show Ignorance, wits, freedom of Expression defy IV Like taste of pepper It starts strong and wanes with time Buried in clichés Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia […]

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EYES

Sometimes I want to look into blue eyes And think of a daydream on a kind blue seas But they seem like the skies So I fear their clouds I fear their thunders I fear their rains So I concede Their relatives are grey and I cannot reach II Then I think of green eyes […]