Never Call A Gall Yours, poem by Gabriel Awuah Mainoo at
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Never Call A Gal Yours

Never Call A Gal Yours

written by: Gabriel Awuah Mainoo



… Ole man
your rusty jalopy
reminds me of some times
the ‘one man one seat’ ride along
on ‘77 one skirt to a trouser highway’
& how soon the times have compounded with dust.

Today a girl is a ward of three in herself.
1.  She’s her heart
2.  Her body is a colorful wind
3.  Her mind is a playground
& each ward possesses a steward.

Her body ―
a fragment
of broken rainbows
splattering wild into pantaloons
the pretty lad has her pieces.

Her mind
is a swing
of vows
billowing beneath fat promises
it belongs to the merchant of mines.

Her heart
is an altar
built on flowery phases
with undying words
glittering amid its pews
she’s found life with the poet.

… A jerky 207 bus
on ‘77 trust no girl motorway’
reminds me of those times
& how this eve
a brown girl gathered flames into my polo sleeves.

Gabriel Awuah Mainoo

Gabriel Awuah Mainoo

Gabriel Awuah Mainoo, special prize winner of Soka Matsubara international Haiku contest, winner of Forty Under 40 Awards for Authorship and Creative Writing and semifinalist of the Jack Grape Poetry Prize is the author of ‘Travellers Gather Dust and Lust’, ‘Chicken Wings at the Altar’, ’60 Aces of Haiku’ and ‘Lyrical Textiles’ forthcoming. He serves as project manager for Ghana Writes literary group and creative editor for WGM magazine. Mainoo has appeared in The Cicada’s cry; USA, Attempt at exhausting a place in Leicestershire, London, Writers Space Africa, Missouri Baptist University’s Fireflies’ Light, Libero America journal, Haiku universe journal, Kalahari review, Wales haiku journal, Event Magazine, The Mamba, Ghana Writes journal, The Haiku Foundation, Better than Starbucks, Malawi’s Nthanda review and, elsewhere. He’s been included in Best New African Poets 2018 & 2019 anthology, Bodies & Scars anthology; attempt at exhausting a place in Leicester volume, poetry leaves bound volume, the Cicada’s cry special edition; moon, Quesadilla and other adventures among others. Mainoo is a tennis player in the morning, a student in the afternoon and writer in the evening.
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