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Red is the favorite
White or pink are there for the choosing
Gentle in touch, founded in the midst of thorns.
Waking lights wake her essence,
To be carried in the midst of guided winds
In blossoming variations, careless hands ransack her core
And drop by drop her layering skin falls at the feet of a smile like
Death pouring life out of his belly –
The irony.
Blooming in time only to live for a time.



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About the Author:

100_4458-2Kofi Sey Simpson hails from Agona Nyakrom, a village in the Central Region of Ghana. He studied at the University of Cape Coast. He is a teacher, and takes on writing as an extension of his reach. He is also an editor and spends time coaching young and upcoming writers. You can reach him on Twitter @KofiSeySimpson.

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3 Responses to “Roses | by Kofi Sey Simpson | An African Poem” Subscribe

  1. Afia Amoaa Oppong-Kwakye 2016/11/27 at 06:39 #

    Woooow beautiful piece, u am proud of you my Coach. More greatness to come

  2. Samuella Mawusenam Afeku 2016/11/27 at 08:26 #

    Great piece!

  3. Kofi Sey Simpson 2016/12/22 at 01:31 #

    Thanks guys, the best is yet to come.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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