Biggest Fool - Julian-Adomako Gyimah

It is fat and ugly
It lies on a mat and craves for women
But it is nothing but a fool
It is a human, but it deserves to be categorized amongst lower animals
It is certainly not a higher mammal

It goes round and sounds a trumpet of hatred
Yet it isn't even fit to be called a pet
It swirls its ugly waist and propagates evil against mankind
It has no kind word for the progressive man
It tries to write but fails

It tries to do what is right but does wrong
The biggest fool in the world
A pool it calls a sea and the sea it calls a stream
The biggest fool without a tool
It has a makeshift tool for destruction

But only points it at the righteous one
It is scary and blurry
It wallops on walls during the day
And kicks virtual balls at night
It is thinking about its next victim

Alas, it is biting more than it can chew
It might sting like a bee and sing like a bird
But it is nothing but an imaginary reality
It is a son of the abyss and can hiss like a snake
Handle its venom with care

And let it kick the air
Stupidity personified
That is exactly what this beast signifies
The weakest link in the world
A pen without ink

3 comments:

Prince Mensah said...

This is a great poem about rapists and people with zero priorities. I love when he states in the poem that
"It lies on a mat and craves for women
But it is nothing but a fool
It is a human, but it deserves to be categorized amongst lower animals
It is certainly not a higher mammal"
Yes, laziness and crime are twins, birthed from the womb of anarchy. Julian manages to align two significant African images, the mat and the woman, as points to expose the ambiguity of appearance.
The mat symbolizes deserved rest after a hard day's work. The woman symbolizes the promise of the future.
From an African perspective, the comfort of a mat and the love of a woman are benefits of a respectable and productive life. It is therefore the force of irony that Julian employs and it is effective.
Confused perception about the sexuality of the African is tackled headlong in the following lines.
"It swirls its ugly waist and propagates evil against mankind
It has no kind word for the progressive man
It tries to write but fails"
In an attempt not to sound as a sanctimonious moralist, I believe that illicit sex in our society certainly 'has no kind word for the progressive man'. Ancient perceptions about sex have pervaded in our countries. Check the Crime & Punishment section on www.ghanaweb.com.
'Biggest Fool" is a paranomic take on root causes of our social ills. I appreciate Julian's tackling of this issue.

Emmanuel Sigauke said...

I can see how "a pen without ink" is a source of frustration, especially for the writer; great poem, rich with accessible images, very reader-friendly.Oh,it is a message of hope too, daring, promising. If there are pens without ink, let's not even start to imagine writers without (What do you call it?)resolve, or persistence.

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