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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Clutches of Deception – Asford Psalms

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Many, many, many years ago,were two of the world’s famous creatures; Adam and Eve.

Made into a world of free.

They chose what could; to be.

To be fruitful, multiply and replenish the surface of the earth was meant of them.

Their lives were, but to live with a rule.

And even before them; up above our eyes so high, is a place we pray to be one day .

Where the universe had it first league of villainy begin.

The ‘great voice’ battled for supremacy and a token of freedom.

Back down on earth, many years on, was fruitfulness.

The multiplication of the supreme creatures.

Each separating from the bunch when their time is due.

Spreading across the length and breadth of the world, in search of a piece from independence.

But ever since creation, every creature; living or dead, has; is and will be in struggle for that one particular intangible.

The one that sets us on the path of invincibility or immortality.

That, we do not see.

However, we feel by sight; in our conscience and in our hearts.

 

We all long for freedom.

Times past;

Wars have been fought.

Biblical stories told.

Physical evidence seen.

In time ago, in our present and certainly, minutes to come.

We all want ‘free’.

Man rebels against his thoughts.

Children oppose their fathers.

Neighbours against their own brothers.

And countries on each others throats, all for the viability in freedom.

Freewill is our right.

Right to live.

Life is a gift.

And freedom is one of its lifts.

 

 

Infants want to grow up and be free.

Because to them, to be old is the key.

Youth, wants out the clutches of destitution and set on the path of independence.

Slaves were and are in want of exclusion from boundaries.

The judged as ‘sinners’ want to be free of whatever is holding them.

The righteous wants to be invincible.

We want to be free from our ‘holding thoughts’.

Women want to be free.

Free from pain in birth.

The caged wants to be free.

As do the captor.

The tamed wants freedom.

The living wants too.

The dead yearns for freedom into immortality.

And even the devil wants it too.

He wants to be free.

To live as before, once more.

 

To be free, is our aim.

But the universe flips a coin on freedom or captivity each time.

And the tails always wins.

The living will never be free.

Man will never earn freedom.

Even from his thoughts.

Neither will slaves be from their bondage.

Mothers will never evade the pain of birth.

Children will grow into responsibilities.

Youth, into mantles of their lives.

Neighbours can never hold clean.

Countries will try but it is still made up of humans.

People will plea for freedom to live.

To be sufficient and independent.

To be free from policies and crises.

To be safe and not pursued.

Religions will want away from the prying eyes of discrimination.

The sinful will be judged by their deeds and according to the laws.

The righteous will have to live on the rules in their Holy Books and that of their lands.

So where is the freedom in that.

The living are in clutches but loves the perception of freedoom.

The dead are not exempted.

For when the time is due, we will be judged to an after life.

The fortunate and the not, will both have their ways.

The good; will forever sing their praises in their ‘freedom’ into eternity.

The bad; will forever flow their weaps in their new gained ‘freedom’ in the underworld.

And the devil will also never be free and that is the pain he wants to share with toys he acquires.

 

Freedom should be hoped for.

Dreamt for instead

We need freedom.

We have freedom.

Life is a gift.

However, it has an irony.

Which is the biggest lie.

That is freedom.

Freedom is but a deception.

It only exist in writings.

 

Credit: Asford Psalms

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Penance for Penitence – Asford Psalm

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Like it never happened!

The words; the best foreplay.

The acts; the sensual play of our parts.

The long gaze of my eyes; yours!

The raging pleasure in my veins; your response!

 

The heat which burns like ice.

Was I right?

For taking advantage of our moods.

Were you true?

The emotions you so revealed.

 

Our heads played, our hearts responded.

Pumping blood for the motions that are resounding.

But now, we have to pretend.

 

The was no pain with the pleasure.

And night is come.

It’s over!

A new morning; a new light, bleaching my sight.

The raging pleasure in my veins; your response.

The oblivion we didn’t phantom.

Irrelevant at that point.

But now, our end result.

 

Reality has walked through the door after the new light loathe the night.

So can we pretend?

Pretend like it never happened?

Then, pleasure came without pain.

But I can’t say same for now.

 

An upset from food that pleasured my taste buds a while ago.

Everything with a consequence.

Without retort to eating that which I am not accustomed to, I am beginning to abhor without reasoning through.

I am, in fact, pretending like it never happened.

Yet the aftermath, not so much.

 

Weird!

 

Asford Psalms

 

 

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VIDEO: Chief Moomen talks poetry, theatre & STORYTELLING on CNN African Voices

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Renowned Ghanaian poet and playwright Chief Moomen was recently on CNN’s African Voices, discussing his craft and country Ghana.

The feature sees the Wogbɛ Jɛkɛ producer reveal his earliest introductions to the spoken word, citing the great Maya Angelou as being responsible for his “artistic awakening”.

He also comments on the place of the creative arts towards national development.

THEATRE – Of Chief Moomen’s Wogbɛ Jɛkɛ

Currently a teaching assistant at the Theatre Arts Department of the University of Ghana, Moomen has performed on multiple high-profile platforms. He is also author of Village Fresh, a collection of poems.

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Drift – Asford Psalm

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Change is constant.

How we did get here might be different.

Yet still, we are brought to this ever-evolving dimension.

I was brought here too, through the common path.

Shortly after my pull into the new world I knew not, I heared voices.

Voices of shouts of success.

Atleast that is what I think.

And the voice of a calming scream.

A scream of pain and of joy.

And tears, only of what a mother would give.

But my tiny brain was immature to determine the myriad of cluttered noise and faces.

However, my soft heart could tell that I have made my first drift.

A drift from a motherly belly to the outer skirts.

A drift from a known old world into an unknown one.

A world of uncertainty

A world of pure light and true darkness.

 

My transition was complete when I roared my pitchy tunes along with the fresh flow of innocent tears.

No one told me, but I should have carried on with my young cry.

For the world I am welcomed to is the one accustomed to the path of drifting slides.

Either smooth or rough, I am meant to go through.

And there is a combination of both in the changing lines of life’s pages.

 

From the darkness of my mother’s inner into the light of the world; was only the begining.

From her suckle.

To my crawl.

From my crawl, to my topple; along with my words in mumble.

And from my mumbles and fruitful topples, I stood then later said my first true words; gibberish, maybe.

That was a drift that brought smiles to the faces of those around.

So they say.

 

My see of the world was colours and pictures.

I was too fascinated to begin asking the repeated questions of, “what’s next?.”

From when I was a babe; taught right and wrong.

Good and bad.

And to when I knew exactly how to cover up the strangest lie with an ‘amour of honesty’.

I continue to grow older and older.

Each second; each minute; everyday; all the months; a year.

And so it goes on.

Every one of those cycles whether in reverse, had stripes of either a joyful drift or a sorrowful one.

 

As if a fall to the ground each time I attempted to walk wasn’t enough; even as a toddler.

But that always proves my certainty.

Certainty in the drift.

The drift in time on the wait in patience.

How patient I was, laid on the simple fact of growing up into the age of wisdom and the perception of self dependency.

None of these is an easy goal.

But when the going gets stiffer, I evolve.

How youthful I’ve become, drifting from sand-play to pen-write is just a plus.

Life is a trick and none of its tricks gets old.

I was tricked into laughter when I was a suckling.

Now, I’m young and I have to play tricks in life to make me laugh.

But later, in the future, others will play tricks on me; hoping we will share a mutual laugh.

 

Growing old is as easy as waiting for the next  year.

And in a year, every single event of change carries a huge weight.

The weight of drift in ignorance and into intelligence.

Fading myself away from certain life rules into the ones I make, is just a shade of the entire picture.

Even though I have learned to grow myself from being a baby, the drift of time between then and my youth; nothing came easy.

 

I am to be successful.

And I ask myself, “how?”

But after I succeed, I will ask again, “what’s next?”

That’s when a gorgeous life request rears its head.

Soon, I ‘ll be coupled.

But that is just a plus too.

Willingly, soon after, we will multiply.

And that will be a major drift.

What’s next after this is a bit easy.

I start to play tricks on them and they; on me

Till I can’t take it no more, especially with a stick in hand.

Yet again, I ask the inevitable question of, “what’s next?”.

And the answer is as easy as raising your head to the son.

But after my final drift.

After that drift where my spirit and soul are far from my feeble body, I’ll still have one last question unanswered yet.

What’s next??

 

 

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Grey Area – Asford Psalms

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The foreign winter sips into the new year.

The African harmattan sleeps but wakes and creeps into the month of the same year.

Grey is the colour I see.

The eve of the new year is the three hundred and more days lived again.

A new checklist is written again.

The old one, indifferent all the same.

 

This eve, I bear new leaves.

Of the same old stock.

My green will remain for the month.

But don’t blame me if I change.

If I do, it’s the season.

Probably ‘coz I was frozen in winter’s brief or I was shivering under harmattan’s breeze.

 

When winter passes and the man blowing the harmattan wind collapses, I may dry out.

Then you see me- the old branch of the same old trunk.

I can’t make a tree on my own, so I’m not alone.

There are many of us, feel free to join.

Be the new sprout.

Soon, you will be bundled with us in count.

 

Grey is what I see.

It’s you and me.

Bearing fruits this coming year’s eve and a few in the new year’s June.

Our green is new but the seasons are the same as the past.

We circle in the same old cycle.

 

Grey is what I see.

We are new this eve and the new month to come, I believe.

And as winter passes and harmattan dances, we won’t be new anymore- so who do we fool?

 

If you ask me, grey is what I see.

Old branches bearing new leaves, soon it becomes the same old tale.

Green leaves or dry leaves; dry leaves or green leaves.

Do we become grey or we already are?

This grey area is real.

Can you deal with it?

 

 

Asford Psalms.

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2017 Rapperholic Concert – The SADIQ MORE images you must SEE!

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Here are beguiling Sadiq More -made images from the just-ended 2017 Rapperholic Concert headlined by ace Ghanaian act Sarkodie.

The fifth year running, the show came off at the Accra International Conference Centre Monday, December 25, and witnessed groundbreaking performances from the likes of  Kwesi Arthur, Article Wan, Jayso, Worlasi, King Promise, A.I, Captain Planet, Obrafour, ENO, Feli Nuna, Freda Rhymes, Efya, Becca, Korede Bello, Samini, Epixode, Joey B, Kurl Songx, Kwaw Kese, Magnom, B4bonah, R2Bees, Akwaboah Jnr., Teephlow, Adina, Strongman, and Yung L.

Compered by friend and dancehall singer Charles Nii Armah Mensah (Shatta Wale), the event was graced by industry colleagues and celebrity friends including EIB Network CEO Bola Ray, ZYLOFON boss Nana Appiah Mensah, Black Stars’ skipper Asamoah Gyan, global viral sensation Michael Dapaah (Big Shaq) among others.

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#ENEWSGHPoeticLicence: Harm at hand -Asford Psalms

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These days are new.

Nevertheless, the weather has its own view.

There’s harm at hand, you know?

The harmattan man has returned from his journey of oblivion into our west.

Here, we already knows what he brings, we’ve seen his worst.

I think he enjoys it.

Afterall, he has returned to the home of his brother where he knows his wife brews the best ginger beer; his favorite.

Sharing his travel experience with his younger brother and sipping on some fine, freshly brewed ginger beer, what else could he ask for?

Nothing!

But for us, we ask for less reminiscence.

For the more he does such, he laughs.

And with a ginger beer breath, the air he spouts out of his dry lungs with hysterical wits;

Dries our skin and land.

Fogs our sight.

Crack our lips and foot;

And edifies flames.

 

This harm is though less than a greater one at large.

The land is thirsty.

And I can tell because when the harmattan man is in around, the land has always been thirsty.

But I can’t tell if its the harmattan man’s fault or not.

 

He may have as well dried our pockets since we are in a hurry in search of something.

What?

I do not know.

And with our fogged sight, cracked lips and paddling our cracked feet on the dry land in a search to edify our pocket of needs, we make our own harm at hand.

 

Harmattan man is in town.

The land is dry and thirsty.

It searches for anything to drink.

Water, bear or blood.

I plead not the latter.

And I pray I always remember that in search for better, beard can always be eating without butter.

 

via Asford Psalms

 

 

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