when the tears don’t flow
We search for words to fill the space

Left in the void of teary ducts


when the words don’t come

We wish the pain would go away

And that our hearts will bleed no more

There is a profound mutuality

Of sorrow and grief from deep inside

Given voice to, only by long drawn out sighs

When God seems far away

And the loss, indeed, so real

Sometimes when our questions seem without end

And the answers do not ease the mind

When the world looks all so gloom

All we can, is just hope and pray
Sometimes when bravery becomes weak

And resolve threatens to break

There is this anger that can be felt 

At the insolence of unjustified fate
Sometimes when God seems far away

And yet around us, pain is felt

There we see Him in spills of ink

He is the poem I write for you

To ease this pain despite your tears

And let you know the sun will shine
Sometimes when God seems far away

His nearness comes in a breeze of air

Sometimes we do not hear the songs

But the heart knows: It is well!



Dear Love,…

Dear Love,
     Here’s a letter I will read to you when I’m done telling that super story about you. You may not understand but I’ll get you a translator if needs be. This is more of a love letter than a poem to express how much I adore you.

     You’re that indefinably strong woman from who I draw my own strength. You’ve always been that one person that’s able to change my tears into smiles. You’ve been my sunshine in the bleakest moments. You’ve taught me values with silent action and with you, I have learnt how to believe- in pursuing my dreams. 

    Sweetheart, I just want you to know that words cannot explain how much I appreciate the way you held me down and how you let me fly when the time was due. There’s no guarantee you’ll live till world’s end but in my heart- yes, you will. 

   I’ll raise everlasting monuments out of the love, care and dedication you have always given me. I go to sleep each night dreaming up new ways of showing you off to the world because red carpets will not be enough. You’ll always be my first love, my sweet sixteen, as fresh as newly opened flowers in spring.

    Just take it all slowly because there’s a whole lot you and I will seek together. Don’t be in a hurry, love.

    I know sometimes your tears fall but please dont let them fall anymore or else my heart’ll smash into a thousand pieces. I love you like the starlight in a clear night sky, much more than the setting sun painting crimson clouds. Sweetheart, I’ll never ever leave you alone so promise to never leave me too. 

      Your absence is like a rainy day without sunshine- cold and miserable. 

    I love you beyond the history of civilisation, beyond cultures and races. My love is deeper than the oceans, expansive than the galaxies without height. Right through into eternity, you remain my one and only, my number one fan.
Your Son,


Telephone Conversation


♥Telephone Conversation♥

This is a one-sided phone conversation but at the tone,
Please leave a reply;

Hi Daddy,
This is your son’s voice sounding mechanical over your fax machine
I know without missing a beat
That you have to be at work
but is thirty minutes too much to ask for?

I have grown up learning to abide by principles
Especially one from scripture that says:
Obey thine Ma and Pa
Because I want to have grand-children before I lay down to sleep
I sometimes wonder what goes on
On your side of our existence
Do you feel the elements, the way I do?
You say I love you son but my brain processes it,
With a twist!

The last time we met,
Did you realise I am an attestation of your spitting image?
So if you ever want a decoy, I’m your double
Please just dont spit so many promises to swell my head
Because I can’t afford to lose it
I wonder if you would have wanted to share any moment with me

Will there ever be a chance to see you behind my steering wheel?
I want to come of age with your counsel burned into my footprints
To keep me on the right path so I shall not tresspass
I want to know your mistakes and never repeat them
I want to draw strength from your worthy examples
I want to wake to the cock-crow with you under one roof

I want to ask you questions
With deep rooted answers
Who are you and where are you from?
What do you want out of this life?
How did I get to be here?
By accident or according to plan?
Why did we never play ball together?
Have you been so busy all your life?

I have a dream but I’m afraid they may be right
Those people that say you dont care about my dreams
But you haunt my dreams, a silent vision
So I spend sleepless nights reviewing things we could do between us
And when morning comes, I just hope nobody notices the strained look in my eyes
I anticipate hearing you talk about memories
Of boyhood days and growing up
And of wooing or falling in love

I cannot remember clearly the images of your going away
But the truth remains, that beneath the grudgingly murmured ‘How are you?’
There lies a deeply rooted  ‘I miss you’

I would give anything to be telepathic
Just so I could read your mind

I would love to hear you talk of dreams you had
On your way to your mother’s farm
Did you like to blank out in a corner like I do sometimes?

I see grey haired Sirs on an evening walk with sons
And all I think is,
This could be me at thirty and you on a pension

I miss the birthday post cards with cartoon characters
And that familiar scrawl,
Your name
The R with the loop that always caught my attention

I take a trip down memory lane once in a blue moon
To see my six year old self in the sofa with you
Talking about future careers I wanted to try out

But when you left,
I stopped day dreaming
Rescheduling so I could dream at night
And bring it to fruition in day light

I want to know about family traditions you would want me to keep
About those taboos you would advise me not to break

What of the fears?
Your worst nightmare?

Time runs out for those who wish when they grow old,
To sit in the warmth of family circles

I want to be by your bedside when you’re ready to go
Not to read you bedtime stories
But to hear you tell me life stories

Before then,
I want to believe there will be time
To share a few bottles of beer
While we catch up on the lost years between us

There is so much more left unsaid
But you and I know,
There is no luxury of time

I wait to hear your voice over the line as soon as possible
Please call back,
At the click of the line.

[Coby Daniels || Three Page Poems]🙃

A Different Sunset.


This is a feeling akin only to sacrilege
Or was it an issue of privilege?
No matter how many times I asked
There never seemed an appropriate response
And over the years, I’ve lived with the unanswered whys and why nots?
I would have loved to say Dear father
But it reminds of the expenses incurred in your absence

I try to be a mind-reader breaking into the cryptex of your consciousness
But unfortunately telepathy does not apply to you
We seem to drift apart from a common consensus
I have gone past the breaking point so now there’s no pain only a slight depression in my soul
Indifference, I realised it is a trademark impression

I can no longer wax nostalgic over yesterday’s bloom because you keep blocking my views
You’re a stranger and yet must you be told?
May I ask, have you ever been cold?
Not on the outside but on the in?
I’ve watched time and again as you sacrificed my belief in your guiding principles
Choosing to offer me broken promises that continually stab at my self esteem

I tried to create something that was non-existent
I learnt that habit is an unchanging constant
And only a miracle completes the puzzle
Making justifications have proved a tiring game
And defending you has always ended the same
It left me feeling quite lost and foolish

The idea of nowhere to run anchors me to yesterday
So I live life with a fear of the unknown
I’m an undecided risk taker because of the shadow you cast
And I cant understand why I’m shackled to your ineptitude
I want to break free and run but my feet wont budge
I dont want to and yet I feel pity
For tomorrow, old age and bitter realizations
I get grim reflections of life and death
Every day, the void widens between you and I

I was birthed into a golden sunrise
I have grown, a new man, into a different sunset.


Out Spoken.


I squirm every time I am under your gaze because
Your eyes bore straight into my soul
And there is no cover for my heart’s nudity
Every single truth is laid bare
I wilt under your spell like sun-scorched desert plants

The ultimate height of what I feel for you
Is just to know you are happy
And yet I never cease to be awestruck when you walk past
It’s like wanting a seat in an already sold out event
I’ved dulled my senses but you remain an acute awareness

I know there’s no point asking if I came on the line too late
But truth is I forgot how to shut up
And so every thing I say is a spill over of what goes on in my mind

I’ve always been sure of my self but not any more
Now I hardly know which foot to thrust forward first

Even in high temperature I feel chills
You might not know it, but you are the reason I hug my self
To keep the tremblings in check

I get sweaty palms and twitchy toes
There’s a sudden feeling of discomfort
And I just want to run into the past
To rewind time’s hands so I could change track
If for nothing at all, meeting you put me out of order

I cant feel my rib any more
And yet there’s no magic in the air
I see no cascades of silky hair
No discerning eyes drawing me out
I wish to not and yet I hope every day
To see you when I walk down the road.



One from the ancient oracle

Abeiku Arhin Tsiwah



Out of green lappah i crawl
Uphill I waddle my buttocks
Defeating my cripple tales
Grandpa’s leather in thirty-two
But, Ramota’s kept frown is caught

Yet, I shall breast these hills
Clutching to my heart every steps
A clink I will not buy for your face
So weep not for bean-cake
Not even palm-oil droplet shall I propitiate
Like you, on this boulder i suck
The nipples of the breast
So, let your ferocity melt in your loins
For I am a market of mysteries

For I am a market of anvils
You all must know
Is an anthem beyond myths
My name in upper case lick class bottom
Yet, in timbre and calibre i lay my words
I am a market of mysteries
I sell untaught sewn words
So, melt the tang of your exasperation hill
Put barbiturate on the gargoyle of your corrosive…

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Couriers of Doom


Coat of Arms- Ghana

Many hailed him, I sat in numbed silence
Watching, and disbelieving, while self-acclaimed saviours of the people
Trod on the necks of the masses

In an era of modern civilisation, we are muted
The fight within quelled by mental manipulation
The backwardness, of our uncivilised ancestry, taught us better lessons of life
And gave us values beyond price and pride

Yet now,
we are bullied into rebellious silence
As we learn the hard way
How man always has a mastermind agenda
We’ve lost trust in shaky social structures

All around we see manifestations of incompetence
That word which is now strictly taboo
So instead we await the coming of the competents while praying for bread and sustenance

Malfunctioning calculators of the state treasury
Plunges us deeper into the throes of a dying economy
We can no longer tell the difference between mismanagement and gross incomptence

So said one old ram to a flock of lambs:
Grey hair, is no guarantee for progressive thinking
Practically, we are reduced to duping Ama to pay Akosua
Discotheques for lighting systems with little drops that take forever to fill a mighty bucket

Now it’s more than skin deep
The young
The old
The past and present

Now it’s gone beyond our choices
The tears
We cry
We all feel the hardship
As we sit on doorsteps awaiting messages
from our couriers of doom.

Aseda (Thanksgiving)


ƐCoby Daniels – Africana Conference 2015.

When the sky wakes up from sleep and the sun sweeps the earth from afar,
The music of morning birds makes me say ahaa:
Adepa akye yɛn abia
Each blessed day, we pay no tax for the air we breath
Nanso yɛnte Onyame ase- it’s our unbelief
Adom na agye yɛn- it’s all mercies and grace
Why then do we forget thanksgiving and praise

Even in transgression, we never walk alone
for His goodness and mercies for us atone
Every time, we slip away and yet, you stay glued to us like cartoon network
You keep us out of harm’s way like the stripes of a pedestrian crossing
When we are wearied, You relieve our stress and like “Fa twi kɛkɛ”,
You take the ache out of our hearts
With you we fear no dum-sɔr for you remain our everlasting light
And by the assurance of Your word, we remain rooted like “tete botan”

Through the broken hearts and disappointments, you are still our number one motivator
Wo ma yɛn ɔdɔ a ɛso bi mma da
Bitter-sweetness, grief and pain
Osuu, ɔyaw ne amanehunu yi mu
You remain our unbreakable pillar of Zion
Unchanging stock in our seasonal gourmet
You are better than Mama’s helping hand
Like GLICO, You cushion us for life

Despite our waywardness, the connection is stronger than 4G
Generations have come and long since gone but still your doors remain unlocked
Great provider who never rans out of supplies
Yɛdwene ho a ɛboro nteaseɛ so so we just, keep,
coming, for more
Aso pa a ɛnkyɛre asɛm tie nanso wonni kɔkɔnsa
Adwene ne akoma mu nimdefoɔ a wommisa na wahunu
Ageless rock of ages Who remains the solid rock on which we stand
Every day with you, we’re filled with unlimited offers

No phone calls needed but we often forget to ask your forgiveness
You never oppress us but we trespass against one another
Our cup runs over with showers of blessings and yet
We forget the poor and needy, the weak and hungry
But still you show us grace in every moonlight
We are indebted but we need no HIPC because You pay our debts
Even the ones we never forgive
What more shall we want when You give us the best appetite in the presence of our enemies

Our Father is the best cook in the world
Nobody surpasses His ability to lay life’s good on our tables
He is like LG
The I am that outlives android batteries
Even though we stumble and fall but with Your helping hand,
Still we rise
Woayɛ yɛn te sɛ Gari soakings,
Amansan boafoɔ a ɛkum kɔm
We need not fear for You are our ever faithful shield and conqueror
Daa woyɛ ma yɛn nti, Yɛda wo ase !

Thanksgiving || SoulPraise’16.

Season of Pain

(For The: June 3, Disaster Victims)


The clouds gathered, storm clouds overhead
The drizzle fell, spraying heads
The rush began, the helter-skelter run
For some refuge out of this storm

If only, is what every body now say
But too late, some had to go that day
So I wonder if God did hear them pray
As desperately they hang on to that ray

Drawing last breaths together in sand and silt
Bodies, rendered obsolete from head to hilt
Away from home, lying in filth
Precariously trapped, awaiting the tilt

This season came bringing the rain
A welcome gift with all its gain
But then it hit, with tragic pain
Leaving our efforts all in vain

A nation now tears with the pitter-patter of raindrops
The farmers’ fields lie beaten with its forlorn looking crops
The twittering birds hush at the solemn rustling of leaves
The mourning cloths are put on the lines to air

No sunshine, the scene is all so gray
Fear grips the heart, for that friend is gone
Orphans, widows, newly bereaved
This season of pain is ours to bear.

Brighter Lights


Take a moment to reflect, digest these lines of truth
There’s no darker space as a life of doubts and insecure thoughts
Where all you do is lose inspiration because you feel
That accomplishing the success story is impossible
So you shy away with excuses that seem plausible

Why cant you be that bright neon post on the sidewalk?
Why see your self a pebble when you could be pearl?
With the lustre of sheer will you could be the diamond in the rough
But you make your self believe that the stars are way out of reach
Choosing to stay grounded because apparently,
Stretching your wings is the hardest job you’ll ever have
So you sit back and watch others soar in flight
And you moan about your dreams being out of reach

The passage may be dark but go on, shine
You’re the firebrand for the change you seek
Life isn’t all about roses and velvets but there’s always that cloud with a silver lining
Ready to rain down softening drops so your toil will not be in vain
Try harder, keep pushing and let go your pain
Step up to plate, be ready to rise and act
Heed the strong pull that levitates you from this lull
Smile, dance, the music is good
Stare, blink away stars, you’re in brighter lights.


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