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Re-posting this poem in celebration of International Women’s Day.


Woman, thy name is suffering universal





By tradition, prejudice, hatred, perverted passion and

the whims and caprices of man-made rules

Liberate me to reach the stars

For there I belong

Among the firmament

Talent brimming


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Haiku My Heart: First Smile


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Done for Recuerda Mi Corazon

First Smile


the dizzying spell

of my son’s first smile

(Failed Haiku Issue 15, Journal of English Senryu, March 2017)

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Haiku My Heart: Feb 14


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Done for Recuerda Mi Corazon

Feb 14

Feb 14

only my muse and I

on the couch

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Thursday Haiku: Bird Technology


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The photo is by kind permission from Gilly. She pulled me out today. 🙂  🙂


Bird Technology

in the marshes

a weaver’s apartment

bird technology

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Haiku My Heart: Garden Romance


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Done for Haiku My Heart.

Garden Romance

a bit of breeze

caressing my dreams

garden romance

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Of Annual Leave and Readings for 2017


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I enjoy reading; well, who doesn’t for crying out loud. But of late, and it’s been a long of late, I’ve shelved my reading to the back bench and pushed poetry, in particular, haiku to the forefront. I’m so behind with my readings, that it’s almost an embarrassment. So this year, my annual leave or vacation days accruing to me is more than welcome.

I’m enjoying my almost three months annual leave with this book haul from my TBR No automatic alt text available.pile.

Assorted books l should say so wish me luck so l can complete the reading. 🙂

I will try to review some of them but not all. 🙂 I may also review some books I’ve already read but which I couldn’t capture for this post. (my poor attempt at photography. (Lol) so please stay tuned. 🙂



Review: Afriku (Haiku and Senryu from Ghana) by Adjei Agyei Baah


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Title: Afriku (Haiku and Senryu from Ghana)
Author: Adjei Agyei Baah
Binding: Paperback
Genre: Poetry (Haiku/Afriku)
Pages: 87
Publication Date: 2016
Publishers: Red Moon Press, USA


Happy New Year to you all my lovely friends. I pray this year brings us all much joy and achievement. I am on leave but I shall be blogging every now and then.

Today, I’m posting well, a sort of review of AFRIKU, HAIKU AND SENRYU FROM GHANA. by Adjei Agyei Baah, a fellow Ghanaian and one of the first to write haiku, (long before me) in Ghana. He is the first to coin the term Afriku; haiku written to denote the peculiar culture and imagery of Africa.

Adjei’s is able to capture the depth and wealth of African sounds, sights, images and smells in simple and yet rich language. The added beauty of this debut jewel of a haiku and senryu collection is the translations from English into the local vernacular, AkanImage may contain: text

How excited l was yesterday as l delved into the book and feasted my eyes and senses.

Simply check these out:

morning dew
perhaps heaven weeps
for mankind.

How very apt. How so profound.

distant cry
the heart fall
of a mother

My heart did a flip when l read this. Motherhood, the joys and pain.

just a moment –
distant lightening connects
sky and earth.

The sheer brilliance, the beauty of such a phenomenon as l imagined it.

Oh and many more.
It is a must to grab a copy of AFRIKU, HAIKU AND SENRYU FROM GHANA. Well done my brother. You make Ghana proud. Adjei’s book is yet to hit Amazon but copies can be obtained from the Red Moon Press.


About the Author

Adjei Agyei-Baah is a founding partner of Poetry Foundation Ghana, a teacher, and lecturer for Serwaa Nyarko Girls Senior High School, Kumasi and Institute of Continuing and Distance Education, University of Ghana respectively. He is also the co-editor of Poetry Ink Journal, a yearly poetry anthology in Ghana. He is widely anthologized both home and abroad and among his outstanding works are the praise songs “Ashanti” and “Ghost on Guard” written for the King of Ashanti and the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana respectively.

Adjei is a devotee of the Japanese poetry form haiku and has written and published in e-zines and international journals such as Frogpond, World Haiku Review, The Heron’s Nest, Shamrock etc. and is one of the top winners of 3rd Japan–Russia Haiku Contest 2014, organized by Akita International University, Japan, making him the ultimate recipient of the Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Award.

Adjei is a co-founder of Africa Haiku Network, and co-launched ‘The Mamba’, Africa’s first international haiku journal.

Silent Bells


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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my lovely friends, home and abroad. May the Season bring you good cheer and all that you wish for. I take this opportunity to thank all those who downloaded or ordered copies of Haiku Rhapsodies from Amazon. God bless you abundantly. To my numerous customers who bought Haiku Rhapsodies from me here in Ghana and who continue to buy copies even now, I say God richly bless you. I appreciate you all.

I also thank my numerous blogging friends for the love and support over the years. Very much appreciated.

Please, make someone, or your loved one happy this Season by giving him or her a copy of Haiku Rhapsodies as a Christmas gift. You could download copies from Amazon or Inbox me for copies here in Ghana. Thanks a million. 🙂

silent bells

beyond the hollow stare


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Haiku Horizons: Trail


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whiff of hope

trails the homeless boy

Christmas pudding

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