Ghana Poetry

I Want to Go to Keta by Kobena Eyi Acquah

I want to go to Keta before it's washed away Before the palm-trees wither And drawn outside the bay. I want to go t…

Sound and Silence by Kofi Anyidoho

Because because I do not scream You do not know how bad I hurt Because because I do not kiss on public squares You ma…

Dirge for Our Birth by Kofi Anyidoho

us not ignore the testimony of our own misdeeds and impair our reasoning with a stupid reliance on prophecies of thes…

Hero and Thief by Kofi Anyidoho

was counting time in the heartbeat of the storm when Fui and Enyo came riding through whirlwinds she with the dream b…

Godhorse by Kojo Laing

The horse with birds on its mane, doubt on its tail… doubt about the flies being whisked north or south… crawled out …

Black Girl, White Girl by Kojo Laing

Ampa I used to walk through the streets with a black girl and a white girl and they both looked exactly alike: high che…

999 Smiles (to Guy Warren) by Atukwei Okai

nine hundred and ninety-nine smiles plus one quarrel ago, our eyes and our hearts were in agreement full that still The…

Totems by Ama Ata Aidoo

I came upon an owl at the crossroads blinking with confusion greater than mine! Bird of doom. Bird of promise. Fluore…

News by Ayi Kwei Armah

Yesterday there was another attempted coup. People are still running blind targeting the latest scapeleaders in the gam…

Seed Time by Ayi Kwei Armah

To the hot-eyed hustler urging speed over preparation, saying knowledge of self yea probing the universe fine digging…

The First Circle by Kofi Awoonor

1 the flat end of sorrow here two crows fighting over New Year’s Party leftovers. From my cell, I see a cold hard wor…

At the Gates by Kofi Awoonor

I do not know which god sent me, to fall in the river and fall in the fire. These have failed. I move into the gates …

Easter Dawn by Kofi Awoonor

That man died in Jerusalem And his death demands dawn marchers From year to year to the sound of bells. The hymns flo…

Lovers’ Song by Kofi Awoonor

Call her, call her for me, that girl That girl with the neck like a desert tree Call her that she and I will lie in o…

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