Ampe


AMPE | The First Poetry Collaboration from two young poets from Ghana and Nigeria [Nana and Noble Dee Truth]

Theophilus Nana Tsiwah…..

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I
Ampe,

It has been our soul
It has been our pride
It has been our worth
It has always been our tradition

They run helter-skelter
Pounding their feet against the earth
Humming out loud from their heart
Girls, Women,
All dancing in the round circle
Their smiles could electrify your mind
And strike well, the cords of your eyes

II
Ampe,
The game of pride
Ampe,
The game of love
Ampe,
The game of charm
Ampe,
The game of loyalty
Ampe,
The game of tale telling
Ampe,
The game of value
Ampe,
The game of humility
Ampe,
The game of honesty
Clothes tied around their waist Beads of adornment singing around their waist
Swinging low
Swinging high
With same foot meeting, “oshiwa”
And opposite foot meeting, “opare”
Dance,
And dangle,

Let the contours along the valleys
Of your hips speak
So rhythm the love in thy calf

III
Ampe,
So as the music riddles in our head
The spirit ordering our feet
The ancestors smiling on our toes
The hearts sampling our emotions
The royalty in it still pampering us
The men watching from afar
Wishing their silent desires for the game
Of goddesses,
Girls and women
Pride of our feet
And claps of our palm
Sending melodious adoration
To “Twedeampon”, our soul giver

Ampe,
The game continuum…

[Noble Dee Truth….]

Ampe
the game that cheers another
as the hands swung are being brought together in unity

Ampe
arouses your intellectuals
as you tactically avoid being caught in the cross war of legs flying… hehehe!

Ampe
my sweet child hood love
still is
as I find time to indulge in it with my siblings

Ampe
the pride of Nana,
Noble, Villagethinkers, Afrikaans and you,
Calms the nerves
drops hyper-tension
and strengthens the muscles

No wonder even in our old age
we can’t forget
Ampe

©The Village Thinker
©Noble Dee Truth 2014

#SaveAmpeFromExtinction

Note: Ampe is a traditional game in West Africa basically for girls.

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