Moonlight to Moon Life

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Abdulai Mansaray, author You pierce the clouds with your smiling spear Your flicker of light that brings out the cheer In the moonless night of your dark less daze From the bleary eyed to the seasoned glare.   The clouds float by and obscure your gaze While children gaze at your nocturnal grace You glide the sea of cumulous bliss. Floating and sailing in my dreams of...

Shifting Sands.

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Abdulai Mansaray, author Hunted, shackled, braced and shipped From the land of the gods and baobab bliss Down in the bowels of my watery coffins To the land of the Tubab, all white and bleak.   In cold sweat and tundra bloodied veins I burrowed the bowels for plaited – steel snakes. Wallowed in black fumes of coal plated breathes. In blacker faces that begot me Black Country.   My diamond and...

An Ode to Charleston-USA.

Abdulai Mansaray, author
I was born free, free to live, and free to die Shackled from the rings of your confederated past When your X men were Axe lords of my slavish past. From which I’m free, and free at last to die.   My blood soaked freedom that courses through my veins Was crimson red that meandered the Mississippi valleys. The shackled ankles you brim stoned as horse shoe Remain the debris that mangle your conscience...

SECOND HAND LOVE; FOR SALE

Abdulai Mansaray, author
With tainted love, you veiled your hate With graded bore, you buried your shade Of cupid’s dart, and plied your rake To break my heart, with your fake face.   Where is the love, you promised to spare? Where is the smile, you said you’ll bare? The hate you hide, is now laid bare For all to see, what was in there? Your second -hand love, you put up for sale Was really adored, but now’s...

The Blessed Curse.

Abdulai Mansaray, author
Abdulai Mansaray, author You trampled the earth, as you travelled the world. Traversed the sea of death, but then you came to rest. On a mound of dirt, your ancestors laid to rest From journeys so weary, your feet bled for rest.    In a Trojan horse, you bore me gifts With warm embrace, I caught your drift But when you showed your teeth I got the drift; but too late for your teeth.   With...

Broken Dreams of War

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Abdulai Mansaray, author Wraithlike and blanketed in misery They crouch, wriggle, and crawl in stealth Huddled and bundled in human stench From the assembly of war, into a cauldron of hate.   A canvas of faces oozing lives well-travelled On land and sea that you can’t even unravel Like fumes that come from the back of the lorry You’re spewed in haste and asked to scurry.   Jarred...