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(17th October,1990 / Prestea-Western Region of Ghana)

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My Lame Friend

Today I saw you in suit
Wanted to say you look cute
But you were in an air condition car
Yet, I still could see your pain scar

Today, you had no helping boy
And so was filled with joy
Valued added beggar
This afternoon you eat burger

Destiny change over
Drives in range rover
Gives lift to the market women
A good life omen.

Minutes after, narrated your story
In no laughter, passengers said: Oh glory
I said, Oh yes it was you
some years ago in your youth

Crawling on your butts
Making money by beggary but
You had a bachelor's degree
Asked of my help and I agreed

Wonder questions, how you did this?
How you left the street?
When you bought car?
How are you driving?
What job are you doing?

Don't know when to get answers
I only know your old house: the street
Nature shall bring us back
My old old lame friend
Glory be to God.

Submitted: Thursday, July 11, 2013
Edited: Friday, July 12, 2013


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A lame friend I had in 2009 on the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange(Ghana) . Once I was waiting for trotro and I took the chance to talk with him, he had a degree in commence from the university of Cape coast but no job for him because of his disability. He told me to try and help him get a job and if I have anything to tell him, I can trace him on the street. This morning in a steady traffic flow, I could see him clearly driving in a range rover with a woman who looked like a market woman. I was filled with tears of joy and shared his story with fellow passengers in the car. GLORY GLORY BE TO GOD. >

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