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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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THE MASOCHIST (18+)

It was slaps that got her attractedIt was bites that got her hookedIt was restriction that got her swooningIt was choking that made her a worshipper…worshipper of any dude IIShe loved to be instructed to act shallowShe loved to be banned from touchShe loved to be whipped to conformShe loved to be pinched in her […]

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THE END OF ENVY

Once upon a time, aboa GyataRuled a jungle whose systems to all ɛfataThough everything was going well, some animals haboured anibereSo they plotted and waited for their emereAll the jealous animals consulted AkuraFor ideas to, as it were, overthrow Gyata IIAkura told them to set the jungle on egyaAs that is the only thing that […]

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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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KWAKU MANKRADO

Kwaku Mankrado will cook for Obroni baaBut will not lift a spoon to stir food prepared by his own bibini baaKwaku Mankrado will wash the pioto of Obroni baaBut will not try to take things washed on the dry line by his own bibini baaKwaku Mankrado will happily sweepAnd humbly obey when told to sleepWhen […]

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POWERS THAT BE

When super powers become duping powersAnd new nations riseTheir powers fall and are played like a diceOn a bounceless ground IIAnd so they plot their comebackThinking not of mouths which wait to feedSo they plot their retentionThinking not of stomachs which await their fuelAnd so they plot to keep their slotsForgetting the sick, the weary […]

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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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SELF REVIVAL

Sometimes live coal needs air to keep its lightSometimes cars need a little push in order to startEven balloons need air for their forms to showSo when the going gets toughAnd times get rough…allow youTo get the nudge to help you move on IIFor you’re a being…capable of getting tiredFor you’re fallible…and capable of self […]

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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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THIRD PERSON

Where love is kingYour opinions must sit where it made its formFor the moment its negativities ringMany will, in your gossip column storm IIFor to loversEyes see affection where even rejection reignsFor loversEars hear a soothing where cacophony reignsFor loversNoses smell roses where rot reignsFor loversBodies feel love where destruction reignsIt is a charm whose […]

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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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THE HALLELUJAHS OF YOUR WORSHIP

You lure me in with your phantom wealthTo study my formYou use my weaknesses to wrap me around your fingersAnd use your colourless twines to make me your robotForcing me to sell my own…to help you build your estatesYou starved and whipped…and wounded and killed my blood beingsAnd had the effrontery to blame them for […]

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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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NOT YOURS TO JUDGE

Composure is easier done in an audience seatNot in the ahenema of the angeredBecause the blood which boilsAnd the heart which flipsAnd the head so toyed with…do not extend to the onlookerSo be cautious in the seat…in the seat or stand of the onlooker IIFor you might slap where the victim insultedYou might maim where […]

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TAKE A CUE

As the earth wheels to times unknownWith its anger so visible shownThrough its disasters which we term overblownLet us take a cue and work to help it calm IIFor Cornflowers have seen droughts and floodsBunchberry has seen a heatwave killing manyThe Golden Wattle has burned in catastrophic panic and destructionAnd now The Red Carnation suffers […]

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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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AT MY LOWEST

Long life has taught me to give thanks to my maker…at my lowest IIMany temptations have taught me to exercise enough patience…at my lowest IIIHurts upon hurts have taught me to wait upon a viable solution…at my lowest IVLife which burns has taught me to wait for quenching rains…at my lowest VCowardly situations have taught […]

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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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PUBLICUTTIS OPINIONIS

Public opinion is mostly like the wavesThey push so hard forward…only to recede when they hit the dockAnd it is so so frightening IIThey can cheer a deathAnd turn around to condemn itThey can root for a talentAnd turn around to boo itThey can criticize a thingAnd turn around to okay itThey can detest a […]

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BUYING INFERIORITY

Afuti Yibɔɔ is prayingPraying for good things to happenAbla his daughter is also prayingSaying great things must happen IISir Richard White is workingHoping great inventions will happenHis daughter Penelope is watchingLearning and helping for great inventions to happen IIIGod the judge watchesAsking why some of his created brains are callingGod the Master stretchesWondering why some […]

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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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HAJIA

Hajia, when a Muslim man tells you he’d marry multiple wivesBelieve himLive not in the hope of a bluff to feel the tips of jealous knivesWhen his promises rain to your perfect love dim Hajia, he told you no lieHe spoke from the prideful praise of his fatherHaving lived through the quiet storms of his […]

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I SEE GOD

Many yearn to see GodAnd like spiders building webs in the airThey worship and bow and revere and love GodOnly to descend from the spirit to our dear world without careTo insult and hate and spit and slap the helplessI see no God in the careless and wicked III see GodI see God in the […]

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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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ALIU MAHAMA STREET

Dear Aliu Mahama Street, I have seen you from your so so to your asphaltMany questions hover in my mindI’d like to ask if you don’t mindAt this time when darkness is a great clothAnd sapiens’ rest is a great assurance III fear none todayFor the sleeping Nkrumah students embolden meAnd our great wall promises […]

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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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FOR AMA ATA AIDOO

It is only the worst of handsWhich push a feeder into the abyss of deathWanting the best of praises with bandsIn a celebration so far from birthYou sure will live long! III can imagineI can imagine the horror of feeling like one…who has outlived her worldly welcomeI can imagineI can imagine the feeling of seeing […]

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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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LIVE

LiveLive like the air…so fair and free LiveLive like the rain…so cool to the touch LiveLike like a swordLive like an awardLive like a board…which life writes on to teach LiveLive like an eagleLive like a doveLive like a hen so fierce and caring And as you liveRide on the wings of justice and loveTo […]

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OPPOSITIONING

Oppositioners seize every opportunity to tauntWhat in their places, they’d have found difficult to flauntBut stories never changeAnd same places are traded for same stories electorate never find strangeStill, life goes on IIThey glorify aggressionCastigate corruptionThey have a repulsion for needsBut power sees them swallowing promising seedsThey crave instabilityBy subtly supporting anarchyBut the sun goes […]

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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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LENSES

Eyes within see what eyes without do notAnd it counts for a lotAnd so fears drive actions in situations unclearForcing innocent citizens to act grasses of fighting elephants IILensesEyes within see eyes without as enemies. Who fears not what they know not?So sometimes wars are made on scores unknownAnd fought on unthoughtful groundsJust because I […]

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IN YOUR OWN REFLECTION

Set your mirror to fit your frameSit, and set yourself to fit it sameNow look, do you like who you see? IILook right within into your heartAnd survey the yearning hidden in that heartClimb right up to thoughts in your headDo you like what you see? IIINow look through you to the outbursts of your […]

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THE FALL OF KABUL

Will Kabul rise from this fall?Who will make that rising call? IIFrom Herat to KandaharMashar e- Sharif to JalalabadHands hold hearts as chests run wildIn a chaos only horrible heads thrive onSo who will call the rise from the fall? IIITorn between a worn out power…and a vicious powerDrones carry bullets to avenge deaths…by suicide […]

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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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THE PEACE WE TAKE FOR GRANTED

As the beard of the Tulip burnsAnd they yearn for priceless peaceImpala Lily which turnsKnows peace is not for lease IIBecause hunger in peace is better than hunger…with the pangs of warBecause anger in peace is better than anger…with the angst of soresBecause danger in peace is better than danger…added to the pangs of warNothing […]

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WHERE AFGHANIS STAND

There is a weight in some adjustmentsWhich crushes the will to liveBecause it sits on the flow of sane agreementsAnd forces broken hearts, to unpardonables, receive IISuch weight can force hard tearsSuch weight can breed much fearsFor when night suddenly turns dayAnd birds are forced, to on their trapped trees stayDeath tiptoes to turn the […]

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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 […]