Poetry

March 22, 2016 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

By

Kofi Acquah

 

Restless Ghost

 

 

In the dingy tunnel of a dungeon I fumbled

For she stood tall

Oozing blood from her cheeks and ankles

 

Who has slayed the predicted hunting soul?

Who early deserted her home,

To come back from the dome of disciplined tomb?

 

Here I stand now from toe to sole

To shiver before this restless soul

The feet fear the heard

And torment the night bed as she roams

 

Go

with your coiling fingernails

Your shadow sickens the gay

Children are daily afraid

For when you are gone

The cracks on our floors

Shall never reflect in shame

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuck to the fetish

 

 

His eye watches

when grandpa incantates

Swallowing seeds like the sick and pills

He leaves these memories

On his smart brains

 

then at a tender age

he says;

Fortify me

To escape

Bath me, O’ bath me

So I could flee

 

Tied to his waist; an amulet

Talisman

resting below his abdomen

Soft ribs

now gather courage

 

moments after his shadow

Enemies wallow

He claims ownership

of things he never owes

For who dares test his throat?

while he,

now the gods’ home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kofi Acquah

Eduful Ishmael, known in literary creative circles as ‘Kofi Acquah’ is one refined voice of poetic and artistic word-score. Born in May 1994, Kofi Acquah hails from Ghana and is currently a candidate of Bisease Senior High School (BISECO), in the central region of Ghana. His profound ink of deeper mysticism, sentimentalism and critical life; leaves nuggets of imprints in the mind of the reader. This has thus earned him a certificate in an online American Poetry Marathon show. Some of his works have also appeared on prominent literary online publications such as Poetry Soup, Allpoetry, African Literature on facebook (where he won its maiden poetry competition for African poets), Poem Hunter, Stage Afrik, an interview on The Village Thinker, Lunaris Review and Best New Poems.

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