The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Fiction from Mexico City

Nana Fredua-Agyeman: 1 Poem Published

Poems by Nana Fredua-Agyeman (Ghana)

Published in issue 40 of The Ofi Press

 

Discovery

 

Digging for tubers

of cassava

the root of our fingers

uprooted

skulls…

            and then…

femurs…tibias…

carpals…tarsals…

ribs…metacarpals…

hips…metatarsals…

of seething ghosts

whose spirits

trail our homes

traverse the forests

and have no rest

 

Buried in pieces

in dugouts

and trenches

remembered by none

save the termites

which file past

in one long scribble

spelling their life’s

achievements in

twisted epitaphs

 

Their assassins

being our

Armageddon shall

taste no death on earth

but shall live into

the eternity of hell

 

When man exacts

judgement unto man

his measure is the

firmament’s expanse

his expectations are

the seas whose borders

our brains cannot stake

 

Man has buried man

for unknown sins

and these mass graves

lost in time’s memory

call forth man’s earliest debasement.

About the Poet

Nana Fredua-Agyeman is a writer and an Agricultural Economist. He was born in Suhum, a small town about eighty kilometres from Accra, Ghana. His writings revolve around humanity and its (in)humaneness. Nana’s poems have appeared in poetry magazines, anthologies, and literary sites. His Haiku have been published in Frogpond, Acorn, The Heron Nest, and at simplyhaiku.com, Shamrock Haiku Journal, and World Haiku Review.

Image: "Squat Burial" by Hamed Saber.