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MAN, KNOW YOUR PLACE

Man, know your placeYou’re no human to act Nana Nyame…telling tales of how a woman must live…must dress…must eat…must birth…must nurture…must act…must love…must walk…must talk…must sit…must workBecause instead of a deep hole of lifeYou only have a shooter which knows not its depth IIWhen you talk like a parrotOn the wellbeing and body of a […]

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THE ENVY SO CLEARED

I used to envy the youngWho seemed so strongAnd looked like beauty belongUntil their future struggles hit a ding dong IIMost are yet to meet many more heartbreaksAnd burn on uncertainty’s stakesMany are yet to, from their infeasible dreams wakeAnd sit in the pain as failure in their bakeries bakeSome are yet to act hollow […]

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THESE TIMES

In these timesWhen fuel prices are world best athlethes, And inflation rules nationsPoverty lives like royalty in homesRaising angst as beings in guises of advocacy IIIn these timesWhen the world chameleons into disastersAnd floods turn tractors to demolish homesLava turns bombs to burn neighborhoods Winds turn horrors to destroy citiesAs the sun turns fire to […]

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SELF SUFFOCATION

When Trees tower above plantsAnd see them as killable antsChanting the land to be hotThinking the plants will be fought and caughtForgetting their roots live in those treesThey will soon realize who pays death’s fees IIThey will soon learn the sky belongs to strong winged birdsThey’ll soon learn the land serves as their bedsThey will […]

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THE VERY PLACE THAT GIVES YOU LIFE

You haunt me for funYou kill me any chance you canYou cut trees which give me a homeAnd you burn them to deprive me of a homeYet you’re no iron, you’re like a helpless hue on a desert…a finless fish in the sea…a hopeless hunter in the air…a fallen flask on bare land III see […]

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THE SHAPE OF ME

I will never give up a drop of tear…an ounce of pain…a few of my mistakes…an ugly scar…a little of shameFrom my past to live a perfect presentAs they all form the shape of me IIIt is my fall which helps me appreciate…the happiness and dignity of my riseIt is my shame which helps me […]

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YOUR SITUATION, NOT YOUR PREJUDICES

When you’re casting your vote next timeRemember Ghana is one place for allDifficult decisions demand difficult measuresFor a national problem knows no differences IIYou can be an NDC man arguing your disgust with an NPP man in a vehicleWhen the poor roads arrest the tires for fatalitiesYou will all face the tortureFor there is nothing […]

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PLAY A MAN

Play a manPlay a man like a drunken expert plays a canTo disturb the muse of his fanTill he claps for you like a well captured servant IIPlay a manPlay a man like a guitarStrumming his ego till its strings tearAnd hit its frame on a stoneTill its dead sounds hail you in worship IIIPlay […]

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THE ESSENCE OF LIVING

Not all heroes have superpowers…fly in capes…walk with swords…gallop with horses…and appear like magicSome are live ordinary like us IIA pure water seller can save you from dying of thirst…she becomes your heroine A hospital cleaner can save you from an infection…he becomes your heroAn electrician can save you from being electrocuted…he becomes your heroA […]

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STRERROWS

Just when plants of happiness grow gayAs seeds of hope nurse in dismayTrees of pain sprout like mushrooms…to plight a dayBut I’ve seen so many days with this markAnd so I’ll live in the track of hopeAwaiting a clearance IIStrength is not mine to steer…but Odomankomah’sHe alone knows the make up of my bonesLife is […]

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HE WHO HIDES TO PLAY

Once upon a time, an akura…hid inside a small hole in a duaTo taunt and bully an Agyinamoa IIHe insulted him and called him kuraseniHe haunted him and said he, Akura, was an onyanseniAnd dragged Agyinamoa as an ofoaseni IIIThen a thunder did strike and divided the duaOnly to expose the little AkuraWho fell into […]

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TILL YOUR SUN SETS

The same sun which burns some leaves…nourishes others to flourishThe same rains which flood other lands…bless others in fertilityThe same moon which blows the covers off some people …bless others by showing them the waySo live optimisticSound optimisticAnd pray your fate meets the best in the worstFor life will be life and your strength…can never […]

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AS LIFE TEACHES

It seems like only yesterdayWhen my legs stood on heels to parade me aroundNow I look like a thing to decayAn empty tin which weakness has found IIIn my mind, I’ve gone all roundAs my legs use their heels to have their sayBut the reality still stands that mortality now has me boundFor a future […]

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SCENES AND EMOTIONS

When my life reaches its westIn nature’s bid for an eternal restWill my deeds reach their questIn a nod for all their best? IIAs life’s tides sway in fearAnd some hopes dash to jeersWill my will stand to bearAs my pride faces hooting cheers? IIILove runs deep, it also cuts deepAs I enjoy its fluttering […]

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TRUSTING A POOR MAN

A poor man is like a cat…grandma saidCuddly, affable, loving and obedientBecause money, like meat, is not in sight A poor man can act a fool…grandma saidJust to make you a financing toolLet the world open up to himAnd you’ll see the lion which hid in the cuddly cat You can be chasedYou can be […]

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WHY GYATA HUNTS HUMANS

Once upon a time, aboa AgyinamoaLived with Gyata under the same roof in KoramoaThey were the loved pets of a womanAnd did everything to please her IIOne day, Agyinamoa saw Gyata…devouring one of human’s nguanHe went straight to her and reportedThe humans were livid because their nguan kept getting missing IIIThe humans chased Gyata into […]

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A LETTER OF THOUGHTS

There was a world many are pushing to be forgottenA world where the old lived the privilege of teaching as the young learnedA world where the skilled lived their experiences of leading apprentices and the latter learnedA world where morality had its defined parameters and the world compliedA world where love acted primary in marriages […]

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THE SORE DRAMAS IN OURSELVES

Sometimes we scratch ourselves without bitesGetting sores unwarrantedSometimes we push ourselves to slip and fallWithout a soul chasing our causeSometimes we act like lions without a jungleIncensed by none to act like foolsSometimes we sit on needles without a forceWounding ourselves IISometimes we run to tire without a reasonAnd breathlessly lose our sensesSometimes we stage […]

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YOU SAVIOUR’S MESSENGERS

I don’t need a saviour’s messenger to drive me to GodI don’t need a worrying human to act all boredI don’t need the threats of hell and fireI certainly won’t live in your desire III don’t need to wear the shoes of your beliefsI don’t have to be the opponent of your beliefsI don’t need […]

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WHY AN AKOKƆ TURNED KƆNKUKU

Do you know why Kɔntutu has a kɔnkuku?Once upon a time, aboa Kɔnkuku…was a normal AkokɔHe lived like a king until his parents turned into Bronya nkokɔSad and dejected, he decided to kill himselfAnd so he went to buy a rope for that cause IIHe tried first to hang himself on a duaBut his owners […]

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FOR THE RICH PAUPER

When your life is hardAnd your hard work’s luck seems badKnow…you’re a soul to glow IIWhen your mates live easyAnd your best’s world seems messyKnow…you’re the one to glow IIIWhen you trip where others flyAnd you fall where others stand tallKnow…your stage will call IVIn a happy sad worldAnd a painful sweet worldIn a win […]

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BY YOUR VERY KING’S TOES

Young woman newly on love’s shoreYou see those eyes, that do you adoreWill find in your frame the morrow as a haunting choreSo slow downIn this love town IIFor you’re a flower and he is a beeHe wants your nectar and you seek foreverOh he is a hunter who wants to seeYou in a trap, […]

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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 […]