April 1, 2012 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION










Middle Sex


Nana Fredua-Agyeman



Let this god create this gender,

A gender which neither would be man

Nor woman, and when this god


Has unified the left and the right,

Men would no more have to woo women

Only to love them or break their hearts


And there would no more be painful gestation

Nor its concomitant super-painful parturition

For we shall each, in tune, carry


Our Personal Incubators (PIs) like laptops

Where future babies would be created

According to our settings and satisfactions


And when this god has made this

Gender, there no more shall be

Penis envy, nor vagina shyness






Nana Fredua-Agyeman



From that quintessential lamb

that multiple cell structure

formed within time’s womb,

our fractured minds


sailed through

blackholes and galaxies

timeframes and timelines


through stalactites

and stalagmites

of icy revolutions


through fractal rays

hidden within

ancestral catacombs


and then we are reborn:


a single-cell structure

with no mitochondria

to power our minds:


(Our inverted ontogeny

becomes the allegory of our being)


the consciousness

of our existence

perceived through

the lubs and dubs

in the heart of the city

and through:


Suicide Bombings

Missile Testing

God Killings.


In this Century

we are wiser by death.


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  1. Prince Mensah April 06, at 03:51

    Nana, the two poems are exquisite and full of food for thought. Congrats.

  2. EileenJ April 02, at 14:49

    Beautiful work. Especially love these lines: "the go ahead and breathe it’s okay freedom found in this in-between time." That's one of my own favorite things about this time of day.

  3. Evelyn April 02, at 01:51

    ahhh still love to read me and all these other poets... thanks Val!

  4. Dennis White April 01, at 17:51

    Beth, These two poems are just a brief sampling of your extraordinary talent and mastery of words and imagery. You deserve recognition for your work and I'm glad it is happening. Wishing you continued success in your writing endeavors. Dennis

  5. ed hart April 01, at 15:21

    oops, i called this wonderful poet Emma...sorry for that...but the sentiment still carries

  6. ed hart April 01, at 15:19

    Congratulations Emma...your poetry continues to life on strong wings...your words lead a natural rhythm, with delicate fingers sculpting the deep magic, the pleasure of life


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