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KEEP YOUR WOW

Mouths have no brakes on any take…tongues will stir your issues like fufu…as teeth poundEyes will watch even in your sleep…reporting your snores…marking your turns…noting your wakes…jubilating in your nightmares…and mostly frowning at your smilesSo keep your wow…and let them keep asking how IIOnly those who study themselves to know their best…succeedOnly those who wield […]

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LOUD RUMOURS

Smoke is not fire But duly points at a fire …even without a visible source Sometimes a rumour is louder than a shouted statement Because it forces ears of their characters …to walk farther to decipher Forcing a knowing through a hearing …backed by taboos of why it exists So think not that you say […]

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THAT LITTLE BIRDIE

Clouds that hang and never fall …block the shine of the sun …monopolizing the sky in a catastrophic doom So – …bullet that bothersome birdie …to break the ills that speed …with the air into people’s ears Causing suspicions left …right …up …down …and scattering the center with its mass weapon …of breaking trust II […]

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MY TOKLO

You say I’m selling But you are yelling Calling for customers sleeping and traveling In a badness of madness in searching my shaming When I’ve never signed any contract of marketing …with you What is your own if I am selling my toklo? II While you light the fires of gossips And pour your sweats […]

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MUNAFIKIS

Wait and check! Is she in yet? She might be …with her grains of gossips …on her public pan Pleading patronizers perfect or porting Akeka-muna- …fiki, fiki, fiki, fiki II Wait and survey! Is he in yet? He must be …with his Nsawam Road mouth …and Tema Motorway tongue …where no vehicular news escapes passage […]

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GYANTRASTITUTION

All in slumber By the crow of cocks Wake and line by your street Especially those with itchy ears Busy mouths And gossip eyes Abena Gyantra I will be seen passing II After working my pants into tatters Messing my hair into dreads And working my waist into a cripple That should add to your […]

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MUNAFIKIS IN KONKONSALOGY

When you see guinea fowls whispering Hiding the pitchy voices they use in irritation Know they are cooking an abominable meal Using the absence of an unsuspecting As their ingredients To throw at them indirectly Through the most cruel of ways After all animals in the kingdom Have tasted its bitterness II When you see […]

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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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MUNAFIKIS

Their eyes can’t see Without developing legs To rush to their tongues To make so much noise To open the gates of their mouths To bless or curse other ears Munafiki, shame on you! II Like drums destroyed News trickle through their ears And flow loudest through their mouths Like they hoard megaphones in their […]

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LIFE

FUTURE TALKERS (NOVE OTTO)

It’s the brink of a hot hot night My eyes still burn in cold delight Wanting sleep and needing good work On a floor mattress with duress Only comfort; fan which caress I know many mouths do not see Will grant interviews without fee And try to my hard work now, shirk Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia […]

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SHYNESS IN SHAME

Banned by a Beatrice Burning bear’s bread Bertha became a bystander Being booed by Beatrice In broad bay-light II Being the best, Bertha breathed and bowed When Beatrice bought the shame Of belittling, after seeing Bertha Oh shying shame! III Best be better At being no bore When your bones get bitter At boring beasts […]

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NATURE SOCIAL

A SONNET OF KARMA

There is quietude in the midst of the noise There is noise in the midst of quietude There are humans amidst the inhumans There are inhumans amidst the humans No, there are the inhumans lurking in every human Yours may spark with the light of materialism His may spark in the light of the centre […]

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AGYA THE VILLAGE DRUNK

I am standing on coal Mmmmm, on coal, So I cannot walk, Cannot walk properly   “Bue! Santa Maria! Agya gyinagyina, Gyina, gyina bↄkↄↄ”   I am a quaffer, A quaffer of apio So I cannot think, Cannot think properly   “Bue! Santa Maria! Agya gyinagyina, Gyina, gyina bↄkↄↄ”   But you too are a […]

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OURS NOT THEIRS

They will look They will keenly look As some stalk When we take a walk And they will talk But let us write our own story   They will taunt They will jealously taunt As we embrace in love When we, the bad omens, look above And stay in love So let us write our […]