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A place of happiness

Would you again my covert darling, take me back to the place where you first hugged the giggle out of me and would you allow that I, once again hold … Continue reading

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February 6, 2016 · 3 Comments

Catching my wind

You say you want to walk along the coast with the wind in our faces You say you want to lift me up to the sea and hear my screams … Continue reading

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January 25, 2016 · 7 Comments

There’s a great life ahead if we’d allow ourselves to pursue it

The past couple of months have been challenging. I have been fluctuating between tons of emotions, and struggling to find a sane balance. But with all the chaos that went … Continue reading

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January 19, 2016 · 10 Comments


After all these years You still reek of cowardice Too afraid to jump in Too afraid to let go Too afraid to love yourself enough And me          Too afraid … Continue reading

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January 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

To live bountifully

It is almost treacherous that we would walk this path Living life by its distractions Clasping our sorrows within the palms of our heart But whiles we are dying our … Continue reading

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January 4, 2016 · 5 Comments

Guest Blog, Marie Gratia Bamurange, Rwandan Writer

A few months after I hosted my first guest blogger, Amma Konadu, with Old habits…die, I bring you yet another writer, Marie Gratia Bamurange, from Rwanda. I haven’t met her … Continue reading

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December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

There isn’t hope for everyone

I don’t react well to disappointment the kind that hits so hard you can but only stand and remind yourself that no one ought love this deep And then waking … Continue reading

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December 15, 2015 · 6 Comments

Being Busy is Not An Excuse NOT to Write! by @naatakia

Originally posted on Afrobloggers:
Being Busy is not an excuse NOT to write! ? ? Photo Credit: http://www.yahighway.com The moment you launch your blog with a series of posts, and…

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December 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

If sex was honest

Well I can’t get yesterday and the many days before back And if I could relocate the memories they would be someplace I wouldn’t remember Love comes easy when we … Continue reading

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November 30, 2015 · 4 Comments

No crown for me

Is it the night, something about its still heaviness that brings some of my favorite hymns to lips Like all the other days, I have struggled to pursue a lighter … Continue reading

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November 25, 2015 · 6 Comments

Rising dust and falling ash

The roads yonder sometimes longer than we see One life ahead; several follow We’ve been told of Heaven and Pearly gates We’ve been told of Earth and Satan’s mates Of … Continue reading

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November 20, 2015 · 5 Comments

Celebrating Africa with AfroBloggers

Where I come from art doesn’t sweat it doesn’t put food on the table and it doesn’t retire a good life But this is the path I have chosen It … Continue reading

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November 16, 2015 · 7 Comments

God’s playground

Jonah must have been stupid. He went down to Joppa and took a ship for Tarshish when he knew very well the sea was God’s playground. No one could possibly … Continue reading

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November 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Write Drunk. Do not Edit

There are lots of things I need to learn about writing; How to ctrl my emotions so the words won’t hurt Where to fit the           gaps    so        I           … Continue reading

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November 6, 2015 · 4 Comments

We love, we die, and that is not the end

There are those who search and find There are those favored by chance There are people, like us who stay at the other side never to come around There are … Continue reading

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October 26, 2015 · 5 Comments

An Honest Ex Lover

But what more can a lover ask except a single beating heart Not the morning but sunshine kisses that set on still cheeks Not the night but the warmth of … Continue reading

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October 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Protest Night with #AbWPE

There’s always something new to discover when you push yourself out of your comfort zone. Yesterday was Wednesday Poetry Evening, an initiative by @AfroBloggers.  Every Wednesday evening on Twitter, a … Continue reading

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October 22, 2015 · 4 Comments

Subtle Inner Wishes

The mirrors are thrown in place and reflections own their own The mind conceives and the roads break Man desires and his heart clones.

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October 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

When love began

When winter was frost and autumn was gone When spring was over and old homes came calling When greens blossomed and the birds sang sweetest When hearts grew lighter and … Continue reading

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October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daytime Concubine

He would consume her Body and soul Pleasing the hunger that ardently rose within her loins She could only have him a few hours after the sun Not more—she wouldn’t … Continue reading

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October 3, 2015 · 2 Comments


There are those things in life you cannot have; the things you want the things you think you need They are usually the ones you cannot put reins on Some … Continue reading

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October 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

The good thing about tomorrow

And the good thing about tomorrow is that our love, after racing wild winds will be spread under the sun’s open light and the echoes, left far behind.

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October 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tomorrow will not come

I watch you go and the frozen grounds of my heart keep their still Tomorrow will not come and I, my darling, do not wait on this sun to rise.

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September 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Farewell doesn’t always mean well

When we have to say goodbye it isn’t words that carry our emotions for our tongues grow too numb and our voices too frail But we pray our last wishes … Continue reading

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September 14, 2015 · 3 Comments

Down memory lane

So sudden in love we die out leaving a painful flood of thoughts Then our reason for going down old memory lane becomes a quest to collect the last flowers … Continue reading

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September 14, 2015 · 4 Comments


To overcome the pain of your perfidy I have to live For now I am convinced that in our conscious lagging behind realism time gives chance for pain to rust … Continue reading

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September 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bottomless nothing

The falling and falling into bottomless nothing Sometimes I wish that I had hit ground already. Author’s note: This brevity poem was inspired by my writer friend @amegaxi. Sometimes it … Continue reading

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August 31, 2015 · 3 Comments


We will denounce our indulgence forcing ourselves into dark times and blocking all light ways We will carry our grief on our sore necks and curse at the sun that … Continue reading

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August 27, 2015 · 5 Comments

The voyager’s oil lamp

 We are all voyagers holding out our compasses unsure of the next hurling tides From whence the winds come unannounced we are left with countless questions trailing our footway like … Continue reading

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August 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

A death that lives

You wear my soul out raining words that chase me back into time —into the joys I once found in them and then into the grief that let my death … Continue reading

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August 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Empty side beds

It’s quite a cold morning here in Ghana, but no morning’s an excuse to skip writing right? Yes! So if you’ve been following my poetry lately, especially on instagram, you’d … Continue reading

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August 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

The greener other side

Don’t we all have our sails up anticipating a sand gathered shore with fallen coconuts  Haven’t we all at sometime rowed our oars after the trails of a tiptoeing sun … Continue reading

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August 10, 2015 · 4 Comments

An antagonist story

I wrote many ends to an antagonist story and every time his concluding lines raced me back to where it all began. I figured, perhaps the end to this scuffle … Continue reading

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August 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Guest Blog: Amma Konadu, literary enthusiast, columnist and editor-in-chief at theampedhub.com

I’m super excited to host my first guest blogger on poetry et al. I’ve not met Amma yet, but for a long time, I followed her posts keenly. Her lines … Continue reading

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July 31, 2015 · 16 Comments

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