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Three Poems

By  Kwabena Agyare Yeboah

Sunday, October 13, 2013.


WHEN AFRICA IS DEFINED


There is a place

Where warmth greets


On Mahogany’s greatness


In a swift flow

And a swing low

Nations arise


Beyond the known

Harmattan telephones autumn

In attempt to patch the torn


Yet the ignorant boasts

Pointing to what is on screen

And/ or a read from the native


Present in absence

The exiled defines Africa

In a page-woven-imagery


Then the sorry face is fooled

To hand a penny

Or more


So mailboxes will be full

In a leaking conscience


Africa’s definition

Is herself

Not my words

Nor hers . . . nor his




BEAUTY IN THE WOODS

The breath of today sits

In an array of the sun;

The chirping of the parrots

Plays melodies of old


From this glorious footpath

A heaven is opened


Fragrance of nature dumbfounds

Clouds gather and dance

To the voice of the wind


The amicable swift of the stream touches

The leaves guffaw here


Dwelling of trees read perfect on skins


Of nostalgic sweetness

Freshness stitches memories



I SPEAK TO A NATION

Their Moses came, yes

But not with Canaan

The prophet came, yes

But not with the message


I speak to a nation


The sound of life

Is listened to

In the silence of death

On a drowsy night

That searched for her moon


I speak to a nature


A mighty arm is broken

In the walk to freedom


The motherland’s virginity

Is defiled by the thoughts

Of her own

And her innocence is humiliated


Murderous rage burnt veins

And killed the sparkle in the eyes


Truth is being held on trial

And nakedness is no shame


Rot has found home

As praises are showered

On her


Let the listening heart hear

And the willing hands walk the dream


I speak to a nation


Kwabena Agyare Yeboah studies Biochemistry at Kwame  Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,Kumasi, Ghana. His works have been published by Poetry Foundation Ghana and Scribbled Poetry. He recently contributed to an international anthology that explores the  theme of slavery and romance, ”Breaking Silence” (2013). Kwabena believes  Africa’s story can be told well by Africans, and he aspires to do this perfectly.




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