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STIGMA

He walked from Makola to CircleAnd tried to charter a taxi from Circle Station to Circle Station Many who heard him laughedThe drivee laughed too and answered“You’re in Circle Station my brother”He then looked around and felt smallHe wondered how he had wandered to his destination…without noticing his movements IIThen he walked straight into the […]

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CAN WE GO WRONG?

Is there a dayYou’ll look at me and say“I detest you and I in stay?”Is there a dayWhat you and I feel will decay…chewed by familiarity, time and many a friction?I am wondering…just wondering IIBecause I see the twinkle in your eyesAnd I feel like believing in the forever many think a lieI see how […]

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BE A GOD

Needs are like prayer beadsOne comes after anotherSo in your quest for a miracleCheck your strengthsAnd be the God of another IIBless with what you haveTo open the gate of your prayer in anotherBless by givingTo have the blessing of receivingBless by being a blessingTo make worship a believable thing IIIFor when thoughts are clearedAnd […]

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THE WONDER POTS

They are what grown men clutch to suckThey are what can shine to blind eyes to cause accidents on roadsThey are what children seek to suckThey are what some men watch to riseThey are what fill a pleasure cup with treasuresThey are what shape a chest to teaseThey are what shoot from the skin to […]

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DEAR FROG

Dear frogYou can’t hide in gutters…under shrubs…in holesTo croakAnd call my daylight chirping a nuisanceCompare a nightingale to a frogAnd rate the pleasure of their audience both in sight and sound B. Dear frogI know you’ve wings because of your Chinese delicacy platformBut if you are smart enoughYou’ll know your crunchy legsCompareth not to my […]

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THE ANGELS WE LOVE

Once upon a time, aboa ƆkramanBecame friends with AkokɔTo spite aboa Agyinamoa because the latter claimed their target had no subanSo they were bent on going to places that Agyinaoa ntumi nkɔTo alienate him completely IIThis was because Akokɔ said she knew Agyinamoa to feast on ne mmaAnd felt he could hunt to kill her […]

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MY VULNERABILITIES

Dear OdomankomahThis humanity that parades my soul…is weak from hair to soleSo build me like a malleable treeTo bend where need beSo as to live a life worthy…worthy of you IIYou see, I build my expectationsAnd I impose them on others hoping for dedicationYou see, I live my truth…expecting others to bear the same fruitYou […]

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CRACKEST THOU?

Fist clenchedToenails coilingTeeth grindingBody curledShivers hold the centre of my beingIn this bearable cold Odomankomah gave…to cool us B. And so I wonderI wonder how weak bodies thrive in snowAnd so I wonderI wonder how those people think us poorAnd so I wonderI wonder how they can leave their poorest…to tend to our poorAnd so […]

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THE POMPOUS ADANKO

Once upon a time, aboa AdankoLived proud and acted as though the world hosted ɔno ara nkoAnd so he disrespected ƆwansanAnd refused all admonition of atwesanThinking its cuteness above all B.He woke up one beautiful day to roam only to find for himself an adukromWhere he thought was a blessing like Eden tromAnd so he […]

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I WILL BUY NO PRESSURE FOR MYSELF

“Golden ringsNew IPhonesPerfect heelsHot handbags Branded clothesWonder watchesGlowing sunglasses”I will buy no pressure for myself please IIAs long as my ordinary clothes can cover and protect…and fit to walkAs long as my advanced yam can call and text…and post and readAs long as my perfect eyes can duck the sun…and see to walkI won’t act […]

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THE HORRORS OF SHAMING OTHERS

Once upon a time, aboa SonholiSaw Kɔntutu and spat in a town called FoliSonholi went on to insult KɔntutuTook a basket and made sure he did it butuAnd went ahead to taunt it IISonholi called Kɔntutu atantandeɛCiting her hairless neck as ahuhudeɛTaunting it until she wept kro kro kro kroSome Nkokɔ advised him with empathetic […]

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IN YOUR HEARTBEATS

In your heartbeats are songs of peace…some my gait uses to walk in happy harmonyTo chart the course of fulfillment IIIn your heartbeats are the chorus of tenderness…the verses of care…the quotes of loveWhich root me in you IIIIn your heartbeats are our vowsUnspoken but writtenUnoutdoored but knownTried and trueIn white and blue IVIn your […]

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WONDERS

There are people fishing in the sandThere are people molding in riversThere are people walking in the skyAll bragging about their future achievementsWonders will never end There are people singing with their rearThere are people eating with their hairThere are people thinking with their thighsAll in love with the idea of productivityWonders will never end […]

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BOXES OF LOVE

Remember when I wore body hugging clothesAnd you complimented me?I wore it because I loved how it looked…in my mirrorNot to please you IIWhen you looked at my lipsAnd loved the red hot lipstickIt was flattering but I did it for meBecause my mirror clapped…and showed me photographs of a beauty IIIWhen I wore my […]

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A LETTER TO LESLIE

Dear Leslie, I was born, like a saint into a Christian home –For colonialism had taken over and thawed somewhat…before my birthBut I now live as a traditional worship sympathizer…and worship the actions of good people See, I was a devoted ChristianBut the more I grew, the less I saw God in the actions of […]

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THE CASE OF SELF TROUBLING

Once upon a time, an asoridan mu akuraBoasted that he had the protection of asɔre aburaAnd so nothing would befall itEven if the worst problem tried to hit it IISome of his friends tried to tell him adwobrɛwBut he shoved them off with “mo yɛ mrɛw”And went on to run his mouthUntil his words went […]

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MEASURED

Like the sun which rises to fallLike the moon which shines to dimLike the water which solidifies to thawLike the winds which grow wild with fury to calmLike the waters with waves which recedeLike the ships which sail to dockLike the birds which fly to perchLike the clouds which form to rainLike engines which work […]

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MIRRORS OF OURSELVES

Once upon a time, AkyekyedeɛAnd Ɛnwa were found in a tight atwɛdeɛWhen asked whyThey couldn’t tell a lie IIAkyekyedeɛ accused Ɛnwa of yiyɛWhen all he thought of him was fɛfɛƐnwa said his opponent should try and be fastSince he had a hard shell which can last IIIAkyekyedeɛ also asked if Ɛnwa has had some nsaSince […]

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UNIQUE IN OUR OWN FORMS

Green leaves are falling While some brown live like strength kings…on shaky treesThis speaks boldly that life knows when to take…each no matter our plans 2.The winds that can blow to axe a strong leaf…might spare the seemingly weakThe airs that can blow to axe a strong leaf…might strengthen the weakThis speaks boldly that life […]

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TRADING PLACES

Once upon a time, Akokɔ always hunted Akroma mmaMaking Akroma feel brokenThat Akokɔ used her mma as its meal tokenPutting her in moods which sadness had frozen IIAkroma cried unto Nana NyameAnd he listened but asked for Akokɔ’s opinionAkokɔ told Nana Nyame that she too dreaded her unionWith her predators whose pecks hit hard like […]

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COVETING THINGS

Once upon a time, aboa KɔkɔsakyiLooked strangely at aboa Ɔkɔreɛ akyiAnd asked why he too can’t be known for strengthWhen they’re almost of the same length IISo he raised and looked at ne nsa akyiAnd flew at Ɔkɔreɛ akyiTo follow him to wherever he wentBy advising himself that there’s nothing the other can do that […]

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MY FIRST LIGHT

Some blessings are for a timeAnd get lost along the wayTo help brighten a historyWhich had no visible ray IIAnd so I remember you now in thanksgivingSeed of mine now planted to shineAnd so I remember you without sadnessA part of me now part of the heavensAnd so I remember you and copeA heartbeat which […]

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FAKE BEADS

When you walk into a placeAnd your hormones enter a raceTo have a fond…and to bondRestrain and cool it down till you get familiar with the terrain IIBecause many have regretted bonding with the wrongAnd have felt urges so negatively strongTo snuff the lives out of their mistakesAs anger do them bake IIIBecause horrors rush […]

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MACHINE BABE

She sits sadly in sorrowful sympathiesDrowned in the chaos of make-believe empathiesWatching actors wear shoes of charactersTo play with her emotions IISurrounded by tissuesShe pouts her lips to share in their kissesAnd shakes with tears to cry their separationWhile concealing her loneliness beneath the reason of her tearsAnd she makes it an evening ritual IIIAkua […]

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FORGIVING YOU

With my forgivenessI hope you purge your heart off negativityWith my forgivenessI hope you find your soul lost in the bitterness of guiltWith my forgivenessI hope you find your way to your true desiresIn the vehicle of a clean heartWith my forgivenessI hope you see the real road to your successAnd discard the thorns of […]

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WEIGHT OF WORDS

Mark itA word loses its weightWhen it peaks and it’s used as baitSo rate a word to know its stateBefore you commit to its meaning IbThere a beauty standsKnee deep in the pool of her own tearsReiterating the fears which rains on her dayDue to her belief in the word forever IIForever today can mean […]

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YOUR FEATURES

In a room of a thing…are two stories…that of the room and that of the thingIn a room filled with people…are countless storiesSo if you find yourself surroundedChoose the best stories to feature in IIFor there can be goodThere can be badThere can be ugliesThere can be beautifulsThere can be rightThere can be wrongThere can […]

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OUR ACTIONS AND INACTIONS

When winds of the past blow…into the tsunamis of the futureAs the airs of the present watchLet deeds clap for seeds unplanted…seeds which grew out of the dust of our loss IIWhen ghosts of our past…look for the fetuses of our futureAs we sit and playLet lives clap for death…in a comedy worthy of the […]

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JUST LIKE TREES

Rains can wake many a fallen treeCut or struck, burnt or rottenOnce its roots in soil beIts time in life is never forgotten IISo are beings in this here lifePoor or sad, unlucky or lonelyOur lives act roots to wait in strifeFor good rains to grow them wholly IIISo live out your worstIn wait for […]

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UNDER THE BRIGHTNESS OF YOUR STAR

If you sit in melancholyWatching others act loved and holyAsking why your fate is so twistedJust get to know all I amAnd it will move you IIFrom the stakes of the unwantedTo the stables of the hauntedFrom the oven of the hatedTo the hell of penuryThrough to the dawn of my breakthroughJust get to know […]

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MOST HIGH GOD

Ye who created nsuwansuwa and everything in itYe who created mmepɔ abrane and every weight they haveYe who created Asaase Yaa and everything it stands forWith knees on ground …and head in bowI raise my humble calabash in thanksgiving IIFor you have sent Abosom Apem to guard this humble meFor you have sent ahonhom atumfoɔ […]

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POOR WISHES

You think I live to you annoySo like a demonic praying mantise, you wish me deadBut my death will not make you enjoyThe life you live in your head IIFor you’re you and I’m meDeath, like that sure road is waiting for theeAs it is for meDeath can only be my ever resting phaseOnly pushing […]

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MARITAL SHOTGUN

Aku Alolo is to be pitiedAs much as she thought her friends envied…her earlier in her awareBecause now she is being played like ɔwareTo a point where she has stopped going to asɔre IIShe thought Kwaku Aponkye a gifted kingNow she is questioning whether he is a human beingShe thought Kwaku Aponkye greatNow she is […]

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THE TREE OF MY HAPPINESS

My happiness is like a treeWith many branchesThere is a huge branch which holds the H in my happinessAnd represents the love of my life…the life I’ve been givenThere is another huge branch which stands for the A in my happinessAnd is my art which is the channel catering to my emotionsThere is one P […]

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THIS HUMAN UNTOUCH

In times past, love dice could turn in many a castFor hugs to quench high emotionsFor kisses to create great devotionFor handshakes to solidify relationships of acquaintances and their interactionsAll that have turned to dustForcing a forgetfulness under Corona’s rust III miss the touches and the smilesI miss the hugs and the handshakesI miss the […]

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IN YOUR DIRTY WATER

I have been washed through challengesAnd been rinsed through blessingsWhich now set me on this stage you seeSo dip me not in your dirty water III’ve gone through enough stainsAnd have taken the pains to battle the stainsI’ve seen enough oil and have felt the heat of the sun…in order to their colours banSo dip […]

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NAKED

I wear singlets of fearAdded beneath are dreads of failure and dishonourWith undies of disappointmentsAll beneath clothes of strengthWith a tinge of self esteem as my sweaterAnd walk about as the pillar which has it all togetherAnd so many a being shiver IIBut the moment your eyes…like a search lightSet on meI felt nakedFor you […]

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THE VANITY OF POWER

Once upon a timeIn a jungle filled with crimeAgya Ananse decided to play a prank on othersBy promising and eventually seriously pledging to fly in feathers…in the coming year IIHe said so with no fearAnd taunted others who had no moneySaying he was boss because money was sweeter than honeyAnd had many birds killed for […]

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WHEN YOU PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE

When you put yourself out thereYou turn into a field football with no ownerMany a leg will share you in a manner unfairAnd play you till your air blasts into a thin cornerSo beware IIFor there are some who want to score you for their goalsThere are some who will want to hold you near […]

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YOU MIRROR OF OUR STUPOR

They think me madBecause I stand here like an intrigued audience, watching youThey think it sadBecause I stand here like an awed tourist, smelling youMany are they who pass you by like a thing unworthyForcing questions to ask themselves in head as to who made you unworthy IIYou represent all that we areOur sorrowsOur tearsOur […]

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THE WES GOODMANS ON DISPLAY

We know some of you play see sawShovering and shivering and twerking and jerking…to your vile display’s coreYou’re on your own joking IIYou create stages to act dzatarically toughWhen under dark clouds you’re meows who love it roughAs some go through your back doors…to play you on their floorsOh some bite you hard to gift […]

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THE HALLELUJAH OF HYPOCRISY

Kwaku Manu saw the struggling plant…in its dying can’tRealized it could grow into fruitionIf it got all the needed care and nutritionSo he watered itMade sure it was fitProtected it from pestsAnd fenced it from animals IINo head was in sight when he workedNo hand extended a shade as he workedBut the moment the plant […]

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TO YOUR WILL

With a heart like a lambAnd a head like an eagleI totally submit to loving neighbours as myselfSo I know not why I’m a candidate for a slaughter houseBeing chased by day and hounded at restBut I will always submit to your will III find myself in a pursuing jungleWith me as a potential gameI […]

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VULNERABILITIES

Just as fire fears rainEvery soul has that one thing they dreadJust as the earth threatens but still sustains rainEvery spirit has a window of fear…which when properly navigatedCan lead to stages of cheersSo be as vulnerable as you wantBut give up no treasure in its seizure IIFor you can feel the burns of intimidationBut […]

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IF LOVE WERE A HUMAN BEING

I love youI so love youBecause of the way you love me III love youI so love youBecause you show the meaning of love…in such bright waysYou envelope me when I feel dirtyCutting through superstitions long held…by men who claim greatness…for their inadequacies IIII love youI so love youBecause for a heavenly face like yours…to […]

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KNOW YOUR FRIENDS

Some friends send messages of care in daylightBut tend to bend their actions into a biteWhich lends its root to your failure or death IIPotatoes are like tomatoes…but grow not well togetherPeppers are as edible as beans…but grow not well togetherSalt is sweet but can act like poison to kill plantsEvery plant has its affable […]

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NOTHING AT ALL

I used to abuse thoughts of our separationI used to confuse my heart with your thoughts I used to dwell on your looksUntil time brought us here IIHereWhere you look like time’s used gigoloYour hair so lostYour height so bendedYour face, like a wrinkle groundYour gait, so strainedYour life, so patheticAnd I look at the […]

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THE LENSES MUST SHIFT

Dark has turned into lightLight now hide in holes dug by darknessMaking path makers crooks…deceiving their followersTheir followers who are you and my kins IIThose we celebrate must be those worthy of praiseThose who have lived and worked to our flag raiseThose we celebrate are those who are unblemishedAnd have lived their lives so candidly…that […]

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SEEDS OF COMPOSURE

When your cup of conscience fills upAnd your cross of caution flares upWhen your class of choices fall underAnd your chores of crises flip ugly Your deeds will uproot your seeds of composure…and it’ll not be pretty IIYou sure can hide the horrors in the darkYou sure can hoard the hideous in the darkYou sure […]

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DRAG QUEENS AND KINGS

Learning is like a wheelWhich goes round and round and round and round…and stops…resetsAnd goes round and round and round and roundIn an order unending IIThat is why hearts can change to change a headThat’s why heads can change to change mindsThat’s why minds can change to change proclamationsThat’s why present proclamations must define…and not […]