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Literature Appreciation

STILL AND PRETTY (A POEM)

Sit still, look pretty Don’t say a word, do as you’re told Sit still, look pretty Don’t blink an eye, don’t try to hide Sit still, look pretty   You’re like a work of art Expensive, but not priceless Movable, and easily destroyable Owned and made for his perfection Used for décor, to be admired Losing value as time goes by Your worth is simply to sit still and look pretty   You’re like a china doll Breakable, and replaceable Beautiful, but disposable Silent, still …

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A dying man in Somalia (A poem)

A Dying Man In Somalia The stick-like drying bones of my little children Haunt the tom-tom pulse of my heart. Their electric bulb-like eyes drawn out by starvation’s brethren Mock our nation badly torn apartBy hunger endorsed by pitiless drought As hope melts in lightning speed, death record boards increase. Why are we let to perish in this hell sprout As rain’s fury accelerate in degrees? These silently emitting screams of my dying kids Slowly kill me before my awaiting death. Can I hold on …

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…But it was Just a dream (Flash fiction)

I was angry, very angry because Paschal was daring me.  Wasn’t he scared of me anymore? . Perhaps he has forgotten how I threw my water bottle on him and he cried the whole day in school. ‘Paschal give me my pencil right now’ I shrilled. I had nt wanted the teacher to hear us but my anger got the best of me ‘No, its mine’ He said. I was angry because this Paschal was trying to take my position.  Just last week, I had …

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A Loving Thing(Short Love Story)

  Looking at how she fixed her gaze on him, one would think she’s crushing on him, who wouldn’t’? he’s so perfectly made by God, but the expression on her face shows she ain’t happy, she was wondering how he could change so much, he whom hate dancing except with her is seen grinding so hard on girls in the party”  she was just wondering what could change him from the you and I = one, to on your own, she didn’t know she had …

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THE LONG GOODBYE (A POEM)

It doesn’t feel right anymore This time it’s not from my heart I try to conform with you But nothing seems to be working When will you find me out? When will my lies catch up with me? What will be my defence For playing you Do you really think I love you? Do you really think I care? Or do you just try so hard to believe it That you actually see it I don’t have enough courage to tell you Not because I …

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A Father’s Pain: Episode 17

In response, she cracked into laughter. Before anyone could tell what was happening, I was sprinting towards her in anger. My lawyer screamed after me. His partner immediately dropped the files he was holding and took off after me. I could see Nora ahead, rushing the children towards her car. By the time I got there, they were already in the car and speeding away. I looked around for a stone to hurl at the car, regardless of the fact that the children I was …

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A Father’s Pain: Episode 16

At this juncture, I felt like getting up and screaming out to the judge that not even he can take my children away from me. But somehow, I managed to restrain myself. The judge then went on to direct that I should stay away from my children forever for my own good until they are of age and can decide things for themselves. Then he proceeded to advise me to move on with my life saying such misfortunes happen but those who retreat quickly and …

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A father’s Pain: Episode 15

We all rose to our feet, sitting down only after the judge had taken his seat.seat. All the lawyers in the room bowed lightly to the judge before taking their seats once more. I sat down calmly in-between my lawyer and his partner, K.A. Ofori . None of my relatives or friends were in court with me to give me moral support because only my house-help, Efe, and my driver, knew about the case. I had kept everybody in the dark. My colleague doctors also …

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A Father’s Pain: Episode 14

Efe, my maid, was anxiously and faithfully waiting for me when I arrived home. She was anxious to know what the result of the DNA test was. “Efe, we shall know tomorrow in court but have no doubts. Peter and Pamela are my biological children and this will be proven by the DNA test. Efe, I could see, was totally disoriented by all that was happening and she had good reasons to feel that way. Since she came to live with us, nothing serious had …

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A father’s Pain: Episode 13

I held a one hour meeting with my lawyer, Carl Lomotey, who assured me that once the DNA test proves that the children are mine, he will ensure I have full custody of them. He was confident that the judge will grant that request. I did not go to the hospital that day. From my lawyer’s chambers, I went to my children’s school with the hope that I will find them there. But their teachers told me they had not been to school for two …

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