• Akosua Biraa

Ɛn Fata Nnipa/ Unsuitable Beings




I knew a place

once

many called it comfort,

common place, complacence

while others wedge jittery in its

sense

less

no

less

stuck

in the carefulness of minority being.


It was a place

full of swimmers in el mar, a material morass,

drowning even,

but thinking themselves

afloat

right on top

high up, ah, in Jerusalem

when

Lord knows what is going

on

&

on

&

on

&

on

w/ a multitude of lives on the fringe

of conspicuous, consumptive,

opulence

gone awry

morals moribund, plus

too many

leading complicated lives

from simple mindsets,

where a 50-year-old

cougar,

triple motha

lands

on a young woman’s marital mattress

under the guise

of sisterhood—


I kid you not!


For he, after all, is

merely flesh &

hotblooded

husband

(more virile than the grandpas

molesting petite and pretty princesses)

pseudo brotha

macho man at 30

w/ a very basic

Oedipus

complex corrupting

simple minds

set

in complicated lives leading

to the edge

of some modern madness,

civilization complete,

replete

beyond a ripping

apart of bodies, minds and souls

slipping

under fascination & fornication

w/ de εn fata, not even aboa,

so how then

nnipa?


Or don’t you follow where I’m going in

this utter tale

of contemporary

woe, is this what is to

become

of us in this place

that we knew

once.





Glossary


aboa (Twi) animal, beast

el mar (Spanish) the sea

de εn fata (Twi) what isn’t suitable; what isn’t fitting

nnipa (Twi) human beings


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