The Menace - Reginald Asangba Taluah


She lurks like the darkness
And wrecks like a hurricane
She creeps like a night mare
And breeds like a cancer

She is the robber of today
Who steals the souls of men
A trepidation in the hearts of men
That strikes down helpless victims

Man breeds her
She wraps man
Pins him in grief
And leaves him hopeless

She engulfs where mischief is most
Chooses where morality is no more
With no regards for race or age
Mendicant and affluent she takes alike

The black cohort; the worst afflicted
Ruined to depression and delusion
To recklessness; they perish
Uneducated and unresourced

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its touching man. I must say it echoes some sadness to me. I love the way it flows. It moves and i guess the "Black cohort" examine and ascertain the impact of this menace.

Anonymous said...

Splendid,seditious,tempting,teasing--to multiple-magic--mysterious--murky meaning--but why a she ---pray telll?---Silverzorro.

Darko Antwi said...

Very dramatic. The imagery is well-sustained through to the final stanza. Such consistency is very difficult to achieve without loosing grip on poetic excitement. But this poem has gracefully dealt with both passion and the figurative sequence required of every good verse. Now, I am so convinced Ghana has potential laureates on OGOV. Welldone Reginald.

Reginald A. Taluah said...

Silverzorro, i should say calamity comes, but in battalions. The female symbolizes fecundity and as such, this menace seeps gradually but certain to the detriment of its host. Not any bias intended. Poison must be labeled poison before it is mistaken as honey. So, that the menace multiplies should certainly be portrayed likewise.

Reginald A. Taluah said...

Silverzorro, i should say calamity comes, but in battalions. The female symbolizes fecundity and as such, this menace seeps gradually but certain to the detriment of its host. Not any bias intended. Poison must be labeled poison before it is mistaken as honey. So, that the menace multiplies should certainly be portrayed likewise.