People - Reggie Kyere

You people
Am people
We all people.

You Fante
am Asante

You Kusasi
am Mamprusi

You Ewe
am Dagomba

You Akan
we people of this Oman

You singer
am poet

We could do a duet,
something like Samini
and Maya Angelou

We people
so maybe a "colabo"

You tower
am dwarf

You cool
and me too.

So don't you slam
the door on me

Or eject my things
through the window

Hold me in your eyes
with desire

And don't let hate
kill your libido

Press your body's
easy weight on me

So I can feel your breath
on my breast

Squeeze me tight, don't let
your honey-hands go to rest

Lest we be separated
by people, who ain't people
cause we people.


Anonymous said...

Love this poem. It reminds me of rhetoric of Gwendolyn Brook's "We Real Cool" ( but as a love poem.

Anonymous said...

This is a triumph of the written word, Reggie! I love your parallelism between national unity and the act of romance. It shows your potential as a great poet so don't stop whatever you are doing, because it is working! Broaden your horizons as a poet in perpetual learning and you will be surprised at what you can create with simple words. Ayekoo!

Rob Taylor said...

That's a good point, Laban. I was planning on pointing out "We Real Cool" to Reggie myself, but it slipped my mind. Thanks for bringing that up.

Anonymous said...

yeah!i've read "we real cool".it's got music to it.i love it.thanks for the comments,teachers.

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Darko Antwi said...

Reggie, in my earlier remark, i compared you to the US poet, Giovanni, but bear in mind that you are yourself and brilliant. Keep it up, my local boy [i mean you dont live far from me in Kumasi].

Darko Antwi said...

Poetry at its best. While reading, I fell into a trance. A kind of feeling gripped me - indeed I fell in love. 'People' is unique, however it gives me a similar taste of a typical Nikki Giovanni verse. Keep it up Mr Poet.