There Are No Roses Without Thorns

There is no success without failure

There is no learning without mistakes

There is no investment without loss

There is no found without lost

Yet, we have hoped that one day things will be better.

There is no smoke without fire

There is no flood without water

There is no reap without sow

There is no rain without lightening

We should remember that everything has a cause.

There is no love without hate

There is no laughter without tears

There is no courage without fear

There is no light without darkness

In our greatest despair, we should not think of our emotions but use our emotions to think. We should choose love over hate, courage over fear, light over darkness.

There are no roses without thorns is a proverb that should remind us that, no matter how happy we are, there is always some little touch of disappointment.

Written By: Emmanuel Owusu Adjei


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Life Puzzles

What we made them believe we are:

What we never were

What we said we are made of:

What never knew us

The battles we claim we fought:

The battles we never saw

What we fell in love with:

Who we didn’t fall in love with

Oh what we think we know:

What we know nought

The answers we seek:

The questions we never asked

The future we dream:

Yet never created

The honor we want:

The submission we never gave

The greatness we aspire:

The seed we never sow

What life offered us:

That we claim we never bargained for

The fruits we reaped:

The seeds we ignorantly sowed

The mistakes of others we mocked:

The victims we ended up to be

The darkness we detest:

It birthing light we love

The weakness we abhor:

The indiscipline we exercised

The puzzles of life we missed:

The knowledge we never pursue

Oh the God we think we know:

The God we know nought

The life we want:

The life we don’t understand

The fame we seek:

The value we failed to recognize!

The success we admire

The wishes we never made happen

When we heard no:

When we failed to interpret it meant not now

Failure meant nothing

We gave up to make it meaningful

The hypocrites we are:

The Angels we present ourselves to be

Another’s weakness we proudly criticize

Our own weakness never any better

A worse sin:

All sins are sins

People we didn’t know:

Their true self we were blind to see

The Angels we sought for:

Our own devils we were

Life’s games:

The fun we missed

The more we want:

The appreciation we never gave

What we want:

What we failed to sacrifice

What we celebrated:

What was not worth it

Our true self:

We never realized

Oh life’s puzzles:

Sheered longings

A murmured longing!

Written By: Asamoah Eli


Image credit: Brian Almeida

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Africa & Beyond

A Letter to The African

Dear African

You are independent and strong

You are worthy of shaping your life

You are capable of creating a better future for your progeny

You don’t need the White man’s assistance to be great

You can make it on African soil

You don’t have to be a servant to the white man on his land

Before you return to be a blessing to your people

Dear African

Know that you were not wrong when you called yourself a failure

Neither were you wrong when you said you can make it

Your life’s reflection has been the programming of your thoughts

When you say you can

You actually can

When you say you can’t

You actually can’t

You don’t fail because of your color

You failed because you made your mind believe you will fail

Dear African

The politician is not your friend

He’s selfish and a loot

He care less about you

He care less about how your progeny will live

When he promises you free education

It is to make illiterates out of your children

Oh they intend to crush your future

Returning your descendants to the slave-hood our good grandparents emancipated us from

When he points out something good he wants to give you

It is because he will make a thousand times better of it for himself

A letter to the African mind in quest of liberation

Written By: Asamoah Eli


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I Walked a Lonely Road

I walked a lonely road

It didn’t seem all pleasant nor easy

Guarded by a conviction in heart

I could never deny nor ignore

Even when I want to follow friends

And fulfill desires of family

And take the road

Prepared and Organized by men

I just couldn’t

That lonely road I walked

That still voice which burdened my heart I followed

I know not where it is taking me to

I know not the extent of roughness

Neither the thorns and rocks I will encounter

But I trust the voice I followed

It might not be all rosy I know

But the conviction that I will love the end

Makes it an easy road to walk

One day I will stand tall to say

I walked a lonely road

I had no idea where it will take me

But I just trusted the voice guiding me

And I followed

It was not all rosy

It was not all pleasant

But it was a walk worth the walk

One day I will stand proud and say The voice I obeyed

The lonely road I took

It made the difference

I walked a lonely road!

Written By: Asamoah Eli


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Letter To My Unborn Son

Dear son,
I know you are somewhere out there staring at me. Honestly, I also can’t wait to have you here with me. Son, it is evident that mummy is nowhere near ready to host you in her womb, how much more bringing you to this planet.
Daddy on the other hand can cause your coming to this planet any time.However my conscience had always embattled me and keeps haunting me whenever I decide to make such a move, especially in these times I’m jobless, and your grand-parents still paying my fees, providing me shelter and apparently all my needs. Son, don’t you think it will be so unwise, unfair and uncultured to host you in grandpa’s abode? How will he bear such a pressure, he catering for your uncles and aunties has never been easy and friendly. Grand-pa never rushed, as his son, growing up in my daddy’s (your grand-pa) home and comfort had always been an undisputed pleasure and happiness. Having decided to emulate and excel like him, I have emphatically decided not to trigger your coming to this world any moment from now. My number one reason being my unreadiness and immaturity to host you. I know how it feels to be virtual but I can assure you that with the Heavens on my side, you’ll soon become a real being to enjoy the pleasures and delicacies I’m sweating over for you.
Son, I know somewhere your mum is so ambitious to be a complete woman, and as I write to you she isn’t kidding with her studies and has been vibrant and fruitful in the things entrusted to her. This character of hers will make her my number one choice and such is the kind of woman I’m recommending for you and will be hoping to see you settle with. I want you to see far beyond a woman’s beauty. See beyond physical appearance and reach out for a woman of substance; a woman who’s got your back wherever and whenever you’re down to zero, a woman who is godly, virtuous and prayerful. Behind my much-anticipated success, there is this beautiful, wonderful and God-given gift who is your mother to be.
Son, your grand dad never promised me the whole world. He said to me ” etire nte a, y3n gyae 3ky3 soa ” literally translated as ” so long as we have got our heads on, we will not stop putting on a cap”. He simply instilled in me that there is no rest for man, as such I have to value time, strive through and make the best out of life for you, myself, your mum and your other siblings. Son, I believe that success is not for the weak; it is but for those who embrace difficulty and defy all odds to make feasible plans a dream come true. This is how I have trained myself to philosophy.
My beloved son, your mum and I have been so patient and focused all this while just to make you feel at home until your destined time to be with us is certain; when you will surely be the feather in my cup. Finally son, I have tuned my mind to the frequency of not disappointing you, your mum and myself as well. I will never let five minutes of immediate pleasure with a woman cause a perturbation in my lifetime reputation.
I know one day your mummy will be ready and I’m going to be the most loving and caring dad you would ever have.

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Believe You To Be

In a world where everyone can be anything they say

Yet people have got dreams created for you

And what they would want you to be in their minds

They create the future they will want for you

Family seems to have carved dreams for you

Friends who believe in you

And feels should be looking up to you

Disagree with the paths you are threading

Too many questions to answer

And yes I’ve got the answers

Yet ever misunderstood

My tongue seems to have changed when I try to explain

Or is it their hearing sense that changed

That made them never understood me ?

Oh the lonely road I took

The course you have decided to follow they don’t understand

There is an easier road

It will not offer you all of life’s goodies

But you are assured of much

…In a world where you can be anything

In a world where there’s will

In a world where you have the power to choose

Choose to live your dream

Choose to live purpose

Be yourself!

Live great

Written By: Asamoah Eli


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The Road Less Travelled

I walked a road

It was all muddy and rough;

It was a hard road

I walked a lonely road

I watched on as everyone took the smooth road by my side

The road was broad enough to accommodate everyone

It had not much roses

But enough for everyone

With this road we know what to expect;

There are no thorns and mud

There’s enough for yourself and family

Beyond that is a fallacy and false wish

A thousand people still walked on

Oh they won’t even wait to gaze on my hard road for a second

I walked a lonely road!

The hard road I took;

I’ve got to explain to everyone

Yet ever misunderstood

Why will you take the road everyone avoids!

A folly of madness

I walked a lonely road

It might be rough and muddy

It might be thorny

But there must be something beyond it no man knew and saw

There might be roses beyond the rough

These roses will bless a million lives

It will bring joy to the hearts of many

It will restore life to the dying soul

It will make me responsible for somebody’s hope and belief in God

Oh the lonely road I walked!

I walked a lonely road

Hard and tough it might be

Yet the joy of impact and blessing I will be to my world and God ultimately

Makes me endure it

So I walk the lonely road

Written By: Asamoah Eli


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Inspirational, Life

Reach for Greatness

After a long period of hard work

And we are left with relaxing and resting to see the yield and outcome

And yet what seems to be presented to us be ye darkness and uncertainties

We are relaxed

And unshakable

We know the reward of hard work

We know things might seem unpleasant

There might be no sign of rain yet

But hey

It shall surely rain

This is the greatest certainty I found in hard work

Will a hard ground remain hard after several punches from the mallet and axe?

Or will the sky seem bright still after smoking from the earth for long?

After a long day of hard work

Take all the time off to relax and chill

For certainly the reward is showing up

A night experience

Culminating in light

Even Grace

A dream told;

The manifestation of greatness awaits!

A story shared;

The trails of greatness unfolded

Written By: Isaac Eli


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