of smoke & girls by Oppong Clifford Benjamin

the ladies i love are smokes
i say this of amanda
who on a sunday’s afternoon
after eating sacred communion
opened her holy mouth to let out
swords, cutting love in the deeps
and disappeared from my life
to appear in another man’s.

in many respect similar to
the former
Kareena, sublimated
from my life
and joined the
smoke of silence.

i don’t go up like smoke
when i break up
i stay in the fire
and hope that whatever goes up
will certainly come down back
into the fire
where love is cooler
when it is burning hot
but sometimes i lose all hopes in waiting
cos some smoke go up and stay as clouds.

©2018 Oppong Clifford Benjamin


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Oppong Clifford Benjamin is a civil engineer by profession and award-winning poet. His poems have appeared in KWEE magazine in Liberia, the Portor Portor (an anthology which featured six contemporary poets and six established poets across the world), Brittle paper, WRR, Ghana Writes Literary Journal, the UK poetry library. In 2013, WRR poetry in Nigeria honoured Clifford as the Ghana Poet of the year. Clifford has read his poems in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Russia. He has authored a collection of short stories titled The Virgin Mother and other short stories, published by Forte Publishing house in Monrovia, Liberia.




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