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K. Asare-Bediako: Rise From Execution

/Supplication to Death for Being a Pulley in my Father’s Clan Milieu/

This is why my mother sits on our log mat
clenching her fist fastidiously

the tears awaken the spirit of my father
& the light in her eyes fades away for grief to settle

She split herself soliloquizing, ‘eden na onipa begye wo wiase’? ‘onipa nse whee’!

that is to say, What reaps of our harvest after our helter skelter on this Earth?

man is nothing before earth! How do you estimate a thing that doesn’t

settle well like our currency? they don’t stay to match the dollar—poor clan;
they come & go like

the Ghanaian economy, at the peak of their boom.

I start this poem from the 52 Cardinals of my father’s killer,

his benignant wickedness.++++++Warlock.
Merciless,++++++Our strong vitriol.

they say death is heartless—which is to say he has murdered all loved

ones in this clan. You can call him atramentous—a black bird of prey

I watch death’s armor gaggle every night
like the sagrenti war

but his sergeant mellowed in the Ashanti hut. Now he pries here with several parts of him.

my mother treks around the room folding herself into everything

she chances on; anything & everything on the walls of the house—

her awful face depicting the face of my father—her mouth fortified by the

emptiness in Grandma’s room. Whenever death comes closer,

he takes Agya Addo from us, Nana Asare, Koo Letsa & still pacing his steps relentlessly

Whenever someone dies the house shakes of emptiness—barrenness would have

been better. & my mother storm curses as refatal…

I ask death; how do you live with a family who says you kill their members for a living?

I am at the cemetery with my parents
waiting for death to cut bondage with us.

The graves here cannot be counted, they lie stiff to the earth.

Mother couldn’t control her tears when she saw the grave
of my handsome uncle. This was the uncle

who replaced his life for my father’s living

When my mother turned, my father was nowhere to be found. His body freezes

into the air. I watch in disbelief as father cracked into a dry log burning everything

& my mother’s eye treks the ocean of tears on our way back home.

at home, the air turns cold, blowing away the last footsteps of my father
It happens that death returns to sign another

bond with my father & run away with him. Our house stood aloof & grief painted its compound.

I start to count the rooms left empty
but my voice choked into screams. So I hurl at

our enemy’s name. & the earth returned to me his muteness. Death refuses to be an echo—his shadow has vanished

& whenever I hear someone has died from a neighbor’s house, I quickly

offer supplication to death for being a Pulley in my father’s clan milieu.



After Samuel A. Adeyemi

I do not know how to supplicate
after I kiss a scathe

++++++++++++ from a fruitless limb of birch. I
++++++++++++ know not my anachronistic

feeble recital. You digest my flaws on a mechanic’s teeth,
the sky, a Jesus craving to save

++++++++++++ with a cross. You may hear,
++++++++++++ a mother weeps into a boy’s
++++++++++++ chin.

That sound, trembling in a silk; universe of doom & of mercy.
How fast can I sprawl

++++++++++++ in a hole. There’s a storm to
++++++++++++ talk of mirage. Boondoggle.
++++++++++++ A vast

of clutter. I am this, I am that. If I’m a hurdle,
I need not to suffer. I, prithee…

++++++++++++ I, an empty can
++++++++++++ live to lease
portraits of myself.


/Rise From Execution/

I dwell inside a plasm. Ever since my
mother plucked me from the outside. I live in somber;

stock of rampant constellation from adjust, teeth
munching airless things, retelling the moments

I took flight—jump, jump, jump together, jumping, an exercise. I, speaking without a tongue. I

weightless in the hurricane thistle. Once a housefly hums, it tells you its headache is

not to compete a rival, that weightless
tsetse-fly. It’s a lullaby of the outcast.

A boy whose tears shed fires
of retreat—speak into dunce, silence

rendering service to the throat. I vindicate towards
victor & here, comes irony of losses

descending into an elbow. I sprout. At odds & at ends.
I step back into the shadow of my body

I, sweat like a gooseberry
I smile like a parakeet reaching from Mars.

Poetry © K. Asare-Bediako
Image by Cdd20 from Pixabay (modified)

K. Asare-Bediako
K. Asare-Bediako
Asare Albert Kweku, writing as K. Asare-Bediako is a young up and coming Ghanaian writer, teacher, coach, poet and a legal aspirant. He chose writing as a therapy to aid him breath away the thoughts of his unseen father from birth. His works has been featured in many anthologies and published or are forthcoming in magazines such as Eskimopi, Ngiga, Nanty green, Fevers of the mind, The Stripes and elsewhere. He loves singing and learning songs, reading or watching TV leisurely. You can check him up on Facebook; Phaa K.Asare-Bediako.

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