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From: Vol.01 N.02 – Making way for other kind


by Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah

“Was Gold blind

to have thought

it would find its light

in the Iris of mother Ghana?”


I pity the bars after it

if only, there would be any

to restore its Kingly pride.


Cocoa did itself

by being inquisitive

to have come from Fernandopo

by not opting to be slaved

to marry the palm trees of Jericho.


I hate why it caught the eye of Tetteh Quarshie

or, were you smuggled unduly?


I pity you on a land of capsid bugs.


Was timber deaf

to the robust sounds of the chain saw?

Had you not heard of the parks in harbor country?


I pity your death,

For you would have been a spot for some birds

and a serenity of lush strings for lovers.


Hey rivers!

“Couldn’t you have waned as vapour

to deploy an array of ways to explore you?”

“Don’t you know you are the epicenter

around which much of humanity lives and thrives?”


From the Nile in Africa to the Ganges in India

From the Cano Cristales to the Danube in Europe

From the Zambezi to the Rio Negro of South America

whose color looks like a darkly brewed tea,


I pity our godly Birim, Tano, Pra and Densu,

for losing that visual feast of memories

to this sin of galamsey and excreted human waste.



To be continued is an excuse

to flee from this poem

in this un-chiefly land

of twisted tongues

where our Oil find is a curse

in a meeting of Spiders.

Published: July 2014
Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah

lives in Ghana and is an African Poet. International Poetry congresses and festivals have included his poetry presentations and writings in their programs. He is a multi award-winning poet and has participated in poetry events, readings and performances in and out of Ghana, including Greece, Cyprus, South Africa, Canada, India, and Holland. Michael’s poetry collection, That sweet name like magic has made me, was published by Susan Jane Sims of Poetry space-UK Limited ( Michael blogs at

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