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TSANWENWENWENWENWENWENWEE

Fumes from rickety cars Debris of scraps scattered Stains of diesel paints the ground An unbearable noise from a motor on the right An unbearable noise from cars in front, back and left While the stench from the public toilet nearby Sells nasty archaic foods in the air Diesel stained finger nails feel the heat […]

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MAKE NO MISTAKE, NONE CARES

Polished legs thread from far To the cenotaph of the martyr Outside this cenotaph is an expensive son et lumiѐre Some ears are cocked in pretence When they obviously take strolls In the opposite direction! He gave his life on a strange land But who cares? Male minds respond to the calls of the brazen […]

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KIDDY STUNTS

Your physique has made you rabid Your growth in anger rapid Many have put on you a bid That you’ll soon grow stupid. Why this sudden morbid Fascination of the sordid? Sit back, let them judge from what you did Instead of doing what will make you a kid     Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) […]

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STATIC

Coffins vary The feet stay the same; Six.   Riches are shown The body stays the same;  Lifeless.   People cry The soul stays the same; Gone.    This thing, that thing, All will end at the same; Dust. Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © 2014.

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UNSYMPATHETIC TIME

Tick, tock Tick, tock Time travels like a programmed machine Whose only command is to go forward It does not look side ways, Does not look backward, Does not wait for even a second on anyone, We go at its pace. Time feels no sympathy, Hears no pleas, Cares not a hoot about bribery We […]

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THE SAFE SHELL

My mother was left in a tiny web In an occupied shell Its corner had no space for two So as I came she had to go That is how  I was left in a little corner of an empty shell   There were no lessons on talking, No lessons on singing, No lessons on […]

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I WISH, I WISH, I WISH, I WISH

I wish I could stand on the stairs of the future And stare down at my cloned self  in nature To see if there is any doom or happiness awaiting   I wish I could be an acolyte of the goddess of love In a far off land of forever happy ever after To see […]

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THE HEAD BATTLING THE HEART

In my head I live knowing not what tomorrow brings   In my head I see a picture of a tattered me side by side ‘granders’   In my head Hurting words dance “kpalongo, agbaza” and “adowa”   In my head Nothing I aim for will be achieved   In my head I am a […]

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DIGGING OUR TRENCHES

We are digging our trenches We are unconsciously digging our trenches With every breathe even if we sit on benches We are digging our own trenches Even as we see a beautiful bird on a great tree perching We are digging our trenches No matter our badness No matter our goodness We are digging our […]

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SUPERHUMAN

I have seen it all Going through life in tattered undies Being kissed and smooched in pure rain As I smiled to its touches Tickling trunks of air blowing  As I closed my eyes to its whistles And I still remained strong and smiled Because I am a superwoman   I have lived through it […]

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SHIELDED AND SHIVERING

Like a snail, I hide in this shell Like a tortoise, I do in this hard shell dwell Hoping it would at least shield me from many storms Which have the intention to destroy So I take my home along, wherever I go But I still dock when there seems to be some movement I […]

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THE TRAVELLER

Travelling left Travelling right Travelling front Travelling and travelling, Hoping to move to places, See places, Love places, Leaving marks of greatness At every junction Until the sun sets on an old shadow And this vehicle blends with the earth. Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2014.

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THE HEATING SAUCEPAN

We are all cooking in this saucepan This saucepan which is in the hands of the unquenchable fire Our own saliva boiling us from within Yet you turn to ask me for cover   What am I to do? What could I possibly offer? Do I look like a super human? Do I look like […]

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SOCIETAL CODIFICATIONS

“No way sideways No way forward Certainly can’t go backwards I must hang in the sky To be visible to the world” That has become the only codification for shining   “No smooth way to hang in the sky No smooth way to stand in the sunlight that throws rays of satisfaction No smooth way […]

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WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?

I am restless And breathless What will you have me do? What can I say to stay there just for a minute? Will I convince you if I sing in an unheard tongue? What if I write in a writeless alphabet? What if I prepare a preparedless meal? What if I walk on my hands […]

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TAUNTING STROLL

I take my first step to wherever And the ugly song that sings itself in my mind echoes    “ἐba yi hena ba ni? Agya Kodwo ba ni Wↄnfa no nkↄ abἐ ase Abἐ ase wↄ nsↄisↄi Wↄnfa no nkↄto onyina ase Onyina bἐbu abↄ me ba Abↄ me bayi Abↄ me bayi Onyina bἐbu […]

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MAJESTIC SKY

We work under the moody Sky Running when we have to Lifting with strength conjured, baggages of pain, Hatred, Dissapointments, And need, But she never gets satisfied.   She lashes out her anger by bellowing her flames to burn high We the slaves She frowns with her scary clouds to blind We the slaves She […]

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WHO ARE WE KIDDING?

It is when death knocked That I saw that life has not me forked Crying for an end, I reckoned was just lip service If not, I would have entered that bottled and have it cocked But no, I RUN With legs and strength I knew not existed in my bones Who is kidding who? […]

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CLOUDY SKY

Clouds of failure have formed on my sky Dooming my day Making me hide as I lie That my examiner told me a nay And great strides passed me by Is an arrow that pierces my soul a hundred times.   Thoughts of failure consumes me That I, with all grandness faced rejection makes me […]

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NOSTALGIA; AN EXCERPT

As I write my life away Writing others and mine along Who will write me in my decay After my ink is through?… Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia ©2014.  

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CRY ME A RIVER

Cry me a river. Cry me a river in a shiver For I have paid treachery dues Refusing to yield to subtle cries from those who cared And living like the world was a fancy club Worshipping alcohol and weed While reveling in touches of unknown hands Fearing nothing, hearing no reason and seeing no […]

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IF ONLY

If only I could fly I would go high, high, high And never come nigh This world of agony. I sigh, Trying so hard to make my heart mine But my control seems not to be fine.   If only I could fly There are many things I will not buy. I will smile at […]

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IN THE SCARY JUNGLE

Tired limbs As life’s mountains climb Roaring voices Penetrating through the dark hollows of the brains with diverse choices How does one choose the right  And make life bright? And why does faith sits in the unseen hole Shivering not to be whole For my touch when need be? Is faith a she or a […]

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GIVE ME EVERYTHING

  I want everything Everything that can mean everything Everything that is something Everything that can make me forget every sadness   I need an eternal table An eternal table that holds a veritable cornucopia of every meal An eternal table where hunger fears to step foot An eternal table that feeds the open stomachs […]

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Shed The Worry

If you woke up today thinking “what a mess my life is in” please take a deep breath and relax. At least you are alive, you can read this, you can understand. I tell you that there are many people who can’t read this and will give anything to be in your shoes today, even […]