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Dear Kwame Red (1)

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 Source: Okoampa-Ahoofe, Kwame

By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr.

Your drunk disciples

and dope fiends

have hung laurels

you never earned

around your neck...

but for your

insatiable ego,

I never really thought

you needed

such junk,

like the tick-infested

family dog

needing constant

petting

on your pate...

hung laurels

you never earned

around your neck,

your swallow's neck,

your giraffe's neck

that pried

into affairs

you had no business

to be involved -

Kwame Red,

I know you didn't

like it very much

or did you,

the letter to Padmore

in which James wrote

you were as dull

as a pencil's lead

in need of

a sugical blade

to make whole

and passably

smart...

in James' book,

it appeared

smartness and

genius

had eluded you

at birth

which you meant

to repair

with the life

of a spiev;

precisely

what you did

with the jack-knife

you used

to slice and

lobotomize

those with brains

the size of

the sun

to your bean-sized

nuts

the commies

were so glad

to pretentiously

indulge...

of course,

you did

your mighty best

to secure

those make-belief

turrets at

Kwabenya...

some slobbering

oaf recently

wrote some maudlin

praise-songs

you are almost

certain

to disdain

and rip

with a match,

called you

a maven

of the dark science

of sytematic torture

of foes and

former

benefactors

in the Hitlerite

reformatory

you built

at Nsawam,

on the edge

of the creek

I share

with my

Akuapem kin

on the way

to the land

of thousand ants

my forebears

once ruled -

Kwame Red,

how are

the would-be

mighty fallen,

faux-pharaoh

of self-mangled

stale dreams...

of course,

the blind too

can dream

and see clearly

in the dark with

Chineese- and

Russian-made

lanterns and

lamps,

sickle and hammer

on a cockerel's

neck -

Kulungugu was

only a suicide

attempt,

not a cold

calculated

road-kill,

if you stop

to calmly ponder

who were really

involved...

but then again,

why hadn't your

KGB Kankan-Nyame

stopped them

in their tracks,

Kwame Red,

or it was just

that the Pentagon Boys

were simply

too strong

and slick

for you?

Kwame Red -

2/15/15

Columnist: Okoampa-Ahoofe, Kwame