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AUTHENTIMATICS

I’ve lived through conceitedness…and did trigger many a hating heart Bruised from hatredI did graduate to the sphere of pretentiousnessAnd saw me living as others I couldn’t fit modellingThe weirdness…the off aura…the feeling of a copycat…the shunning eyesAll taught me to shake of the artificial modelling…and saw me in the best sphere…my presenceI’ve learnt to […]

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CASCADING HORRORS

Oh secret meshesLiving in at the dark side of knowing…digging painful trenches…and garnering a followingThrowing norms asunder by hitting good in clashesKilling hope of growth and bombing up sinceringKnow thy deeds pile on earth like an overloaded tipper truck…set to somersault in an unsaving mark II.For teeth can eat not its fingers…while stomach thunders for […]

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LIVE A WISE

Hatred can make you look at a foeThrough a black and white lensWithout an iota of colourBut know the wise kowtows not to dishonourAnd acts not denseHe dodges the shot from unfair guns before their sounds go “poo”So live a wise IIFor we can turn after angerTo turn a stranger who was thought a danger…into […]

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THE BATTLE OF FOWLDOM

Once upon a timeFowls wondered why humans decapitated them on many a happy occasion…as though they had committed an unpardonable crimeSo they made debating and experiments their vocation IICocks, at a point, blamed hens…for not laying enough eggsHens shot back that many laid eggs in tens…and asked how many cocks helped to feed the hatched […]

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MOMENCOUNTATIONS

Please purge, protect…and power me to peaceAs I ply places prone to precariousnessPack me up to persevere…so I don’t park in pessimismPlacate my heart to put perks on powerful past memoriesTo pause in between problems to play IIFor living limits light…as love locksLove limits listening…as loss loosens up to disappointmentsAnd hearts heat up to hatred…as […]

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ABASS ASAGRI’S WEDDING

Memuna, Aisha, Fati, HamamatCall Wunpini and Asibi,…Talata and HumuAnd tell them to dress like Bolga TiitiiFor us to grace the Wedding of Perfect AbassWe must see Mrs Asagri in her perfection IIAisha, are you asking why?Have you forgotten he called you a fat cow…and called me a bony mat?Have you forgotten he called Memuna ugly […]

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MILLINIAL HANGERS

As the world becomes easier to live inWith gadgets and instruments which fit inLife becomes more boringAnd living becomes more stressfulBecause the laughter which greeted heartily in presenceWill so do so in many an absenceAnd hearts which beat in greetings through hugsWill be an artist’s message…delivered through textOvations which will wake to deafen tearsWill surely […]

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SNAIL IN A LAWN

Dear snail, shed your normOf hiding from your mornWhen a little noise warns your dawnDon’t you get worn out and tornHiding in your breakable shed in the lawnWhere many a mischief are born? IIPlease crawl out to see the sunAnd stop putting on your best days a banWhich prevents your happy tanAnd trashes your could’ve […]

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HARM’S ARMS

Harm’s arms have many needlesTheir build can be many fiddles…and odd riddlesSo let’s find the middles IIOne can fiddle troubles to build harmLeave wounds to fester without balmAct aggressive and dishonorable without calmHurt many a heart without giving a damn…ending up beaten and thrown in harm’s arms…built by own hands without qualmsSo who cares for […]

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WHAT WE TOOK FOR GRANTED

Didn’t we take it for granted?When we shopped like free flying birdsAnd spoke without fears of our spittle…showering others? IIDidn’t we take it for granted?When we hugged and kissedWithout Corona dangling fears of infections? IIIOh didn’t we take it for granted?When we could just crash partiesAnd get hearty welcomesAnd meet many many peopleWith handshakes and […]

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NOBLESSE OBLIGE

The sky feeds the earth rains, suns and moonsTo help it fertilize and light up…among other thingsSucking up some of its heatFor it hovers aboveAnd towers in wealthSo should the world’s wealthy IIAbundance floods in hoarding…so calls for sharingSharing, like a smiling contagion…shows a care in humanity…that all good gods pushAnd the omnipotent God rewards […]

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TO WIFE A STRIFE

When a hand can’t string a canAnd a land can’t fling a manWhen a band can’t ring a fanAnd remand can’t cling a ban…life takes a knife to wife a strife IIIf the sun shines not a markAnd the moon swines not a darkIf the fun whines not a barkAnd the swoon lines not a […]

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HMMM

Madam says her make-up is being ruined by sweat…I stand here looking like a ghost from the past…my Talcum Powder, the only make up I use…long washed by my sweat which is falling like water falling into the Kintampo Waterfalls IIMadam says she is tiredIt sure must be tiring riding at the back seat…holding nothing […]

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A WAR FOR BIRDS

Dear dovePlease fly to the heavensSeek audience with GodAnd ask why his name flourishes not…our gameI know you’re a religious symbolAnd a messenger trusted by Jesus IIDear VulturesEvade the space of deathAnd break down its mythical doorTo get to our ancestorsAsking what their blood stood forIf you canBreak the chains of their ghostsAnd help wear […]

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WHEN YOU’RE NOT ENOUGH

When you’re not enough…it’s toughWhen you’re not enough…it’s roughWhen you’re not enough…you’re like a floating ghost…living with a mean hostMama…why was I not enough? IIThe heavens above can attest to the love…I have for youThe earth beneath can smell the peace I’ve always wanted…for youEven the air I breath seeps to beep my prayers…always for […]

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THE POLITRICKED

Sitting ducks – Fitting blocksCharmers – Climbers IbThere is nothing more painfulThan watching baboons eat the carcasses of monkeys…who worked like donkeysTo push them onto pates of trees, so disdainful! IILong time ago which flows into nowBaboons sought power to wow…hiding behind many a bowWhile hiding arrows in many a bow…at their behindAll the while […]

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CROSSOVER

Crossover from committing crimes to con the curse class created…by your cleanlessnessNone cries out of a clear conscience…even in crazy circumstances IICajole not callous camouflageCaptivate no cataclysm of clones of chicaneryCriminal chums always turn churlish chumps…who circumvent clandestine cloutsTo confound comformistsCupidity can cloud a coterie to construe cases…clearing confidants before cogitating IIIClean your cage!Clean your […]

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YOUR NOTION ON YOUR EMOTION

She sits on in problems…who stands not to walkHe lies flat in shame…who tries not a standingOnly weak minds inherit sins of their families…in present dayI am not one to carry on problems from the past IbTrust me when I sayI will be no inheritor of curses of my ancestorsBecause I form part of resistors…whose […]

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WISHES AND HORSES

I am sure we boarded the vehicle happilyEach with specific destination in mindAnd was thrown on same seatingTo live through the journey to its end IIWe soon realized we both wanted window seatsOne must let go for the otherOur tickets spoke loudestThat I was the outcast trying to be difficultSo I let go to sit […]

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WHAT COULD’VE BEEN SALVAGED BY MASTER

OnceA farmer lived in a secluded areaWith his lions…dogs, cats, rabbits…guinea fowls, goats, sheep and chickensHe trained these animals to spot danger…to protect his farm IIOne dayDog which was allowed to go hunting…with lionCame home wagging its tail…in a manner signifying dangerThe farmer sent his lions to check the danger and solve itThe lions went […]

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A FAILED GENERATION

Arms do what they are commanded to doShooting even when turned to selfIf a man thinks otherwiseThen a shame is his thinking cup IbAs eyes of our nations…swim in muddy pools of corruptionAnd legs turn foolish fins beneathAs hands of our nations…point blindly at felt problemsAnd hearts lie on meshes of need…being roasted by the […]

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LEAPS AND LEAVES OF (PuzzlePoetry)

In preparing ɛtɔKwansimah knows…plaintain is one…ripe plantain is 2…pepper is 3…onion is 4…salt is an optional 5…palm oil is an optional 6 elevated to the 5th spot, should it be omitted…groundnuts is an optional 7 elevated to the 6th…further being promoted to the 5th, should 6th and 7th be redcardedAll others follow in their stead, […]

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JOHN THE JESUS

Jeers and joyJokes and jamsJosts and jacks…all for John the Jesus IIReckless reasoningReckoned with ripples of respectRummage through your restReporting remnants of your relationships…with records of your rock-like martyrdomRisks and raised-hands…all for John the Jesus IIA Jezebel joins jesters in jails-of-hailsJumbo jumping just-defining-infidelsJerking to break down Jericho walls of marriagesGents merry the Jerry…all for the […]

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IN THIS SPHERE

In this sphereWhere many to stubbornness adhereParading many a daunting fearOdomankomah, please help us, eachother, bearTo protect our dearsFrom destructive gears IIIn this lifeWhere we are saddled with many a strifeAs hatred act as many a heart’s wifePrompting jealousy to take its knifeOdomankomah, please help us love reviveAs chaos seductively looms and is rife IIIFor […]

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OWNING THE CAN IN OUR AFRI

If we could insist…on fairness and justiceTo help assist…the systemTo effectively exist…to serveTo help corruption which persistsTo take its exit…from our realmWe will deserve the “can” in our “Afri” IIIf our hardwork will…match our prayersAnd our trustworthiness will…stand so firmIf our greater parts will fill…our quillsAnd our hearts will…push best questsInstead of rots which kill…to […]

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GIVE US HINTS

When the sun wakes to dayAnd birds chirp to sayWhen the sun recedes for the nightAnd the moon appears to lightPlease prepare a mouth to announce calamitiesAs eyes of men close to atrocities IIWhen dawn crawls into tearsFrom the whips of darkness’ fearsAnd day burns from the angry heat of the sunWhen nature begrudges the […]

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TAKING PEACE FOR GRANTED?

Peace is like the air we breatheWe see not its importance…until it ceases to beThen we cry and groan before the last of it leaves usWith regrets opening wide our eyes…with thoughts of looking at nature…one last timeWise minds catch the intensity…of a worrying sequence IIPeace is like water and fishesThe latter cry about predatorsWhile […]

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REAL WEALTH’S WORTH

Our lives are our wealthWe spend in seconds,…minutes…hours…days…months…and years as our life’s real currenciesThe biggest currency is a yearSo be sure to buy something worthwhile…every year of your life IIYou can buy materialistic thingsBut those are not wealth to lastBuy goodness to sell impactBuy greatness to sell examplesBuy happiness to sell laughterBuy content to sell […]

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ANIMTIA

Animtia nnyɛ ɛsom aduroNa asomfo anom de wɔn kotodwe…ananti ɔyiaw mmosia so dabiaaAnimtia wɔ hɔ yi, ɛtesɛ nsuo…sɛ ɛtae apɔnkyerɛni aNe mene mu kwan bubu te sɛ Jɛriko Afasuo no…ma nsu gurunyee no dani nsu fi…gye wuɔ bɛgu awuranom nan aseNti dwene san dwene bio…ansa w’abu wo yɔnko animtia B.Nnipa odwan betumi adani apɔnkye…sɛ animtia […]

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TENSION

Tension can be as sharp as a swordCutting deep into emotions…suspending heart on a tip of a cliff…overlooking dreadful monsters ready to consumeTension drills the hardest IITensionTension can kill cowards more times…than can be counted…with fear and anxietiesWhispering demonic thoughts…promising to squash shame…if smartly orchestratedTension drills the hardest IIITensionTension can stop timeAnd all body parts…leaving […]

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GOOD MEMORIES

Give good memories in your walk through lifeFor memories are the currencies…which buy remembrance and kill extinctionScary memories die to turn scary ghostsTo haunt an ongoing fairy-taleBurning a resting soul to wake…and bake in an oven of hatredGood memories sing lullabies of praiseFan souls to laise with peaceIn dreams where constant fantasies turn realitiesTill the […]

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CUGRIOUSDH

If a word hosts rubbish and filthAnd has itself infused in 1, 2, 3, 4 with every syllable it hostsIn an after after arrangementThen meaning calls your effort to beIn this here puzzle which seeks you to make…perfect sense IIb thoughtf Id wash theg childc soa knockedfWithv disrresojpectnmb andf disvhoxsnourewq andm curesesdf’ lotbHowd didn Im […]

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A TALE OF THE CONCEITED PIG

Once upon a timePig was the fairest animal in the jungleIts pink skin shone through the cloudsAnd its huge mouth dazzled many IIDue to its beautyPig lived a powered lifeNone could speak directly to him…lest he spat on themNone could look directly in his eyes…unless the fellow hungered for slapsPig turn himself into the king…whose […]

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THE TRUE FACE OF JEALOUSY

Once upon a timeThere lived a successful horse in an impoverished jungleHorse was a farmer whose sweats…had watered his farms for yearsHe tired not in tilling, ploughing and plantingAnd complained not in weeding, protecting and harvesting his cropsHis success drew many animals to himHe was the most praised and loved animal…in many jungles IIMany animals […]

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FAN OFF MY FOES

Just as flies are clapped off soresAnd cats as smoked off fishesJust as chickens are shooed off needed grainsAnd lies are killed off headsFan eyes of my foes off meFor I am no octopus with multiple hearts IIMy smiles seem to be their bileMy laughter, their slaughterMy warmth seems to dig their woesMy relaxation, their […]

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THE POT OF BLAMES

Once upon a timeA porter carried a pot of blamesWhich bullied her with crimes…she had not committedThe pot could be heard in its announcements…at the East even from the West“It is because of you I beat my child to a pulpIf it hadn’t been for you, I’ll be richYou made me yearn to dominate my […]

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HANG IN THERE

At the wake of a new dawnWhere darkness replaces the new mornThose under its sky know…the foe they must kowtowOthers might act cats to hugOthers might act dogs to nagThey all get tired with timeWith notions of you being a whiner all the timeBut hang in there IIIt is only the skin wearing clothes with […]

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THE BIRDS

They told me Nightingales sing like angelsSo are the best to listen to…when my spirit is low IbThey told me owls are the worst of themThey bring abominationsAnd are taboos spelt in bold lettersOnes I must kill and burn at a sightTo save my luck from draining IcThey told me doves are the saintsTheir presence […]

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CTFERRDVIGSELZNQPDOXS RGWUTIHJTKLH DOBYIEKANQWECVFHSIZXTEAS (Puzzle Poetry)

A hen goes food searching with its chicksFor every two rubbish it sweeps…it finds a grainUnpuzzle this puzzle using its tune I.Abscdeefeghkijs klamnnopd qrsstnuvewxayzkbas cbsdcoedrfetgfehgd ihsjitkjukjflkfmlsNmbonepotqpwrqesretsn utbvuewvrxwtyxhzya zaaganhbd icbjdokealfksmytneUohvpiwqdxriysnztg zyhxwevuatsrrqtpos nmilkn jihhgufesdctbalacebds egofhf ikhjlamornpmQshrteuwavxpwyizynxwg yshmgoazptnehbs ciioun vphjdoekrqwrxrilfd ayhbzocuadvrewdfxsGmuhnniotjpikql lrastluvl wxfzyeyzlxwt amugssbnehtd, cociuodpnjvfequkwsfrelxd ytaojnefd ahaovbwquvpsnoehbd II.Stwzuhvwanot cdtbehgle rqbpookjtvuh mnfgbeacldft ihtomhpsesby abscdaeft ghoijn klmnooppQrtstouvpwxpyzlzyexwd vuotsn rqspoenma lkojif […]

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PRAYER FOR MODESTY

When the stage gets highAnd the camera light blindsI hope modesty still finds…me to stay, not to bid goodbyeFor life dragged me through the gutters for a reasonTo know many a seasonAnd work in the clothes of fairnessTo create an atmosphere to harness…hope in the strugglingAnd to sustain love in the heart of the strangled […]

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THE CHICKEN BARBER AND THE TURKEN

Once upon a timeA full feathered star cock decided to have a neck shaveSome of its contemporaries thought it stupidOthers thought it fashionableIt did have the neck shave…using the sharpest scissors at the Chicken Barber’s ShopAfter that…shaving necks became fashion in Chicken Land IIMany talked about the neck shaved chickensSome said they looked better…with their […]

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STRENGTH FOR YOU

Life’s hurdles can heckle like a gangster…I knowStorms of life can break bodies…to scatter spirits and beat souls to a pulp…I knowFears can stare into eyes to blind…confuse and infuse dangerous thoughts…I know all thatBut even in the face of life’s tsunamisLive to cross to victory IIJust like the sight of a tired walking river…at […]

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LETTING GO

In this heat of memoriesWhere many a past monsters now model sorriesI look up to the future unknownAnd look back at the hurts I still mournBefore looking into the eyes of regretsI see the burning fretsAnd forget the foeSo I’m thinking of letting go IICarrying hurts are burdens set to stifle my growth…I knowA hating […]

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THE BEAUTY OF HARDWORK

In the endThrough the bendTruth will out…to fight your bout IIIf you fendTo lend a mendWins will shoutTo stand you out IIIBecause life has eyesAnd sees your triesLove is an artAnd draws your heart IVNothing is left to chanceIn enhancing your danceIn the end, through all bendsHeavens make all amends VSo live rightAnd burn brightIn […]

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POOR PLANNING

IaI will wrap you…yes, you leadersIn this parcel as LandAnd respectfully tell a satiric tale…hoping the mirrors of reflection…show you to youTo help right a path going wrongSo regrets can live in books…without using us as it’s guinea pigs IbOnce upon a timeRain was the best friend of landThey dined togetherAnd did everything together IILand […]

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FOR THE GIRL

If you all connive to bar a doorBy stomping and hitting on its beautiful floorKnowing that is your one and only wayFrom life’s clay to your decayThen like the God of languages…create a word to suit your thoughts IIThe girl is mother of the biblical manWhose womb is the only barrier to cross extinctionSo if […]

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YOU LAUGHING CHILD

I see your smilesLike bright suns sitting happily in dark cloudsSo I pause to look III see your laughterLike a happy go lucky heart…dancing amidst mourningSo I sit to stare IIIIn this slums where many a beauties…lie dead under the underarms of povertyWhat will be the price of your laughter…talk less your smiles?In this dark […]

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SOCIETAL LIES (Puzzle Poetry)

From Accra to BotwanaIs four stopsWhere Congo, Daresalem, and Ethiopia…lie respectively betweenIf France, Guyana, Haiti, Ireland and JakartaFollow in descending orderAnd each beginner is your key in exacting codes…in an all round A to J and A successivelyIf A is 1 and J is 10 with a chronology of alphabets and numbers in betweenIn 4, […]

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IN THE HARD DESERT

Adjovi loved her wealthEven better than her healthShe was like a kangaroo in many a big shopping mall…hoping from hall to hallBuying many a things never to be usedAnd many a few to be used and abusedHer parents never checked her spendingAnd so she grew up as an extravagant lady…loving her spendingShe was the boss […]

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THIS IS THE BOTTOM

This is the bottomWhere today’s hustle is the bridge to uncertainties IIThis is the bottomWhere Corona is naught but a sickness of the higher ups –A tertiary livingWhere none thinks of a possible chit…to reach its secondaryTalk less of its University So hands touch bodies to call for salesMouths call loudly caring not about their […]