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FITS OF FIT

“Where will waakye waitAs I eat grass and chew metal…to fit up this frame which is tugyiming?”This is the question on many a mouth II“The beast of banku bakes bodiesTo swell like breadThe force in fufu fills frames…making them blow up like balloonsWe know but what can we do?So we eat and try but cry […]

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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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WHEN A WOMAN CLIMBS HIGH

When a woman climbs highShe sees the shape of creationAnd uproots its destructive lieWhich can cause hurts and pains and drains in her nation IIWhen a woman climbs highShe sees the troubles in the future of manAnd stops many a man cryBy putting on temptation an absolute ban IIIWhen a woman climbs highShe gets to […]

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THIS SELFISH POWER

My grandmother taught me that power lightsTo make all brightAnd said a leader is like the moon at nightShining to help eyes see things rightDid she hide from me the power that bites? III see power which suffocates growthSeizes development and promotes hearts to loatheI see power which supports shocksHurting the weak by throwing hot […]

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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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IF ONLY

I sat on the edge of the fenceAs many held placards in defenseOf their beloveds made to turn soilThrough some negligence, still I recoil IITheir voices act like noisesNoises I felt were part of their many choicesBut could have been kept…to save those pores which wept…under the sun’s angry toilAnd so I got comfortable on […]

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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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NYAFU NYAFU

Ezenna who dey live in Aba…love her ebaWhile others dey gymThat be when she finger her simCon dey talk plus person wey no fit give am tiiiAs her bellɛ turn piii IIBot when she sees fine person wey growNa so her maut like bullet go goCrying sotay dey ask God wetin she do…wey she no […]

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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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WALKING CORPSES

The pleasantness of a body smellDoes not require it to loudly yellTo many a migraine sellInto the veins of many head cells IIModeration is keyWhen you decide to set yourself apartBe no walking corpseIn publicActing pole of repugnant republic of nosesJust because you want to kill your natural body smell IIIThe world belongs not to […]

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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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RACISM

The root of a poisonous treeNeeds uprooting before it dies outThis is the thing we need to seeBefore racism dies out IIAs long as mouths do shoutWhen a problem breaks outAs long as hate crops upAs a flaw pops upAs long as mouths shut not upIn digging into past stuffAs long as ridicules spring up…to […]

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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 […]

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WHEN I LOVE MYSELF

There are days I feel like throwing this body awayThere are days I feel like beating it like a distasteful donkeyThere are times I feel like burning it…and throwing the ashes somewhere even air can’t reachThere are times I want nothing to do with itBut when I love it…it takes me on a whole new […]

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WE AREN’T ANGRY ENOUGH

We aren’t angry enoughLike a wind on a sea which howls in the roughWe aren’t angry enoughTo change our beings and to demand our growthWe aren’t angry enoughTo seek returns from pleaders who turn leachersWe aren’t angry enoughWe so aren’t angry enough IIWhen our anger turns into furyAnd our fury seeks its hurryWe will change […]

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THE STORY OF FOWLS AND HENS

Once upon a timeWorms assumed cobra powersBecause they were informantsAnd thought no animal could touch them IIThey evaded spaces meant for others…with impunityAnd assaulted others…thanks to their falsely thought immunityUntil anger vaults in hearts got fullAnd animals rose like angry bulls…to riot IIIFowls decided to demonstrate…by crowing loudly through the kingdomAs usual, worms went there […]

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HE WHO IS QUICK TO SAY

Once upon a timeMan ruled a free house thinking no animal guilty of crimeAnd so goats, fowls, parrots, sheep…and many others lived as his free animals to keepUnbeknownst to him…the animals disliked him to a detesful brimAnd so they plotted to oust him…to his visible powers dim IIThe animals planned to confront him the next […]

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IN YOUR AWESOME BOOK

I look at youAnd can’t stop my thoughts from racing backRacing back to all the times I lost…in love forestBefore getting to this palace IIAlthough I swerved a lot of troubleI did get bitten by a snakeAnd got kicked by an antelope and hit by a goat…all of which I could’ve made meat out of…but […]

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KNOWING AGING

Whatever goes up, certainly will come downSo it is that the young will grow oldBut that old age envelopes like a shadeIn bitsUntil it overtakes forms IIMany a being have slept…only to wake up with their youth missingAnd go on a fruitless search which yields naughtBut we must know the shades of aging IIIIt comes […]

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THE MALE CROWN

Abayatei whipped my buttocksSaying I did not fasten my door with locksAfter I agreed to dance to the tunes of his passionAnd he caught me in a flirting actionHe stretched his tail and stressed my failure…saying I wanted to taint his tenureBut the beatings turned into a heatingAnd the heating turned into a coitingOne his […]

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RULING AND CITIZENING

It’s been a while you and I held powerThrough our forebearsLiving free and ruledRuling and citizeningWhat have we done with our power? IIResponsibilities seem so paleSick from the abuse of holders hereRulers use its power to Lord!Citizens use its power as a tool of indisciplineAnd so we live in the chaos of ridiculesNot moving forward…hating […]

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OF DEMONSTRATORS AND LEADERS

Soldiers need a nation to protectThe Police need citizens to power lawsPoliticians need a country to ruleSovereignty is the preserve of allSo all should know better IbA demonstration is a wakeup callTo bring workers to their effective hallDemonstration is a damn loud bellTo let leaders know subjects are out of their ignorant or indifferent cellAnd […]

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BODY LEARNING

In the sea of menAre paws which can arrest teens and throw them out off their age rangeTo a sphere they find strangeA sphere which pushes them forcefully from teens to womenCausing their loss of selvesForcing their childhood onto life’s unfortunate shelvesTo send their unprepared selves to their unprepared hell IISo protect your daughterTeach them […]

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LEADERATICS

A leader creates channels through all positionsIn order to let parts of a working body…be whole IIFor from the soles right to the headAre veins through the heart …through to the mind…connected to all partsA little cut on the soles affects the wholeA little bruise on the arm affects the wholeA little ache in the […]

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THIS MESS THAT YOU LOVE

For a heart known to commotionAnd a head known to liesYour beautiful devotion…and tiesAre like heaven made for a demonAnd I’m so learning many a lessonTo self destruct the horror into Cupid’s arrow…to break through the hollow tunnel of my past’s sorrow IISo when I breakdown at your good intentionsPlease hold onto me with your […]

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OUR NATIONAL PRAYER

As the sky looks down on earthAnd the earth looks up on its faceSo do we kneel in earnest…always reciting our national prayer II“Our Father who art in heavenHell is another name for povertyPoverty cower kings to crumble kingdoms because of needSo do, by all means, me feedLet me climb success’ ladderEven if it is […]

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AS A HERO GOES HOME – For Bill Marshall

As a hero goes home…through a beautiful journey in his most fertile state than loamLet not your hearts, in despair, roam IbThere are no tears nor fears…needed to accompany one whose life deserves cheersIn this here world and beyondWhen his accomplishments are now part of nature’s bondBill was one such person IIHe lived like an […]

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LENCEVIO TICMESDO

When venomous fangs paradeTake it not as a charadeFor a bite will followOne which can make high strength, weakness swallow IIAttitudes are like pod seedsSome crack in their dry beadsTo give an idea of their natureBefore a harvest brings into force its structureSo take a cue…from its hue IIIMany muscles are monsters unparalleledWho forget not […]

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NATURE SPEAKS

Nature speaks through many a mouth…that humans throw southBut we must take their cautions…and heed to their instructions IIA stone can wake to breakA tree can battle winds to breakEarth can battle other forces to shakeRains can gather to lives takeVolcanoes can errupt to lives takeSeas can roar to lives takeSo let’s heed to nature’s […]

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A TELLER’S TALE

Sometimes a teller’s tale touches on tricky tempters…meant to thrust into taunting triumph with self pointersBy snapping pictures of obscure anglesTo make themselves look like angelsPushing truths beneath piles of liesTo solicit sympathetic cries IISometimes a teller’s tale tackles a truceTo tick adjudicators off to abuse…the other by omitting important points to confuseMaking all, peaceful […]

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THE HARVEST

The tree of hard work grows in difficult soilPushing hearts and minds to toilMaking tired blood boilForcing undetermined souls to recoilBut tire not from the toil IIFor in the sweat of tirednessAre the bountiful harvest of happinessThe congratulatory harvest of gratefulnessThe loving harvest of calmnessAnd the painful death of restlessnessWhen age turns secateur to harvest […]

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WHEN TESS TEED AND ATE MY SERVING

(Birthdays are days of reflection and reaccessing one’s life. Every 21st June gives me those vibes, even more so in these times when a day must be lived like the last. In wishing me well in every day life continues to grant me breath, I wish years will keep all of us together to its […]

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GREAT DADDIES

Abreast in appeasing angst of the annoyedBreakers of barnacles of bulliesClearers of cases in characters cantankerousDuty dealers and or dottersDads! IIEleemosynaries in their elementsFamily founders and fancy fansGreat grooms and goaders of guns in grooming Home holders with high horizons and hope Interesting interrogators of intrudersJudges and jurors of justicesFathers! IIIKings of KingdomsLovers living atop […]

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IN YOUR REMEMBRANCE

Death is like the journeyEveryone will embark onIt is painful and uncannyBut life’s reality does so rely on…its distasteful tiesThat’s why we will cryAnd always rememberBut we will live until we all dieWe will not slumberAnd we will not lieWe will work hard till our harvests reach its bumperJust to you rememberFor you lived a […]

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YE WHO TIRE WANTING TO RETIRE

In this here sphere where horrors of life unfoldWith its cheers and fears, honour and their coldIf we sit like queers in slumber and lossHow will we brave odds of successes’ chores? IISo you here wake at dawn and workAnd you there work at night to shirk…your complaining blurts…your paupering hurtsTo fill the nil with […]

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THAT VILE GALLIC ROOSTER

The Gallic Rooster’s greed…of Feeding off part of AfricaMakes it nothing but a despicable leach IIWhy is Marianne still pecking on a struggling continentWhile posing big and powerful?The Lily Flower should know when shame showersAnd leave the struggling to grow IIIFor it is suffocating our continentAnd killing our land!It is deteriorating our chances of growthAnd […]

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THE BAD END FORMULA

There were times many a norm today…could call for society to slayNow many a past’s ill fitting attitudes…now bag many bowing gratitudesIt is just like the back rooms …becoming the front roomsAnd birth…turning into death It is intriguing! So so intriguing! IITears of yesteryears…now bury their fearsHopelessness of yesteryears…now steer power with happy cheers! Those […]

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JUST A LITTLE TO FEED ON

The elders say“What am I here for?”Sometimes accompanies the statement“I am going to look for a little to feed on”Such is the situation many find themselves inIn many an unfair situation IIA policeman just turned into an armed robbery fowlMurdered at a robbery festLeaving his family in poor and disheartening frenzyAll because of monies needed […]

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DIFFIMAZING

The worldIts skyIts earthIts treesIts shrubsIts animalsIts sunsIts moonsIts starsIts darkIts marksIts birthsIts deathsIts ailsIts challengesIts winsIts lossesIts fallsIts risesIts competitionsMake life and living it…what it isDiffimazing!Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © June 14, 2021

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GOD’S DUTY IN TIMES

Times call on their God with needs…which call for seeds of His deedsAccording to thoughts their people habour in the chambers of many a headCaring not about the morals of their dying and their deadThey asked for what fitted IISome time ago, people called their God to bless their soilAs like untiring hearts pleading with […]

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SOMETHING SO WRONG

There is something so wrongIn a thought that memories belong…to a pairOnly for half to share IIThere is something so disgustingIn using humans like toffees with gumOnly to chew and spit them out without a humFor others to step on and go castigating IIIThere is something so infuriatingAbout the flawed acting pious for roaming eyesOnly […]

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HELLISH

Which calamities make things hide in unshedable clouds?Which abnormalities make the sky swallow stars…and moons…and suns of progressLeaving the earth barren?Which monstrous heat are forced to drink up the rivers…muddy the sea…anger the windsLeaving beings dying?Which of the atrocities are hiding potency in trees…and shrubs…forcing horrors out of animals andMaking healing an unwilling traveler…to us?Many […]

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REVERSED

They bite best whose love vests wear off…from abused seduction in troubled roughAnd unsolicited love high handedly tough IbYou fed her crumbsThinking her dumbYou worked her into crampsThinking you’re numbYou did her so pumpTo get her some ill floating lumpsBut look at you nowMaking even horrors exclaim “wow”Look at you nowActing like dumb lumps…pumping on […]