I have not written poetry since that one time I had an assignment in Form 5 when we were studying Robert Frost and Sylvia Plath. It was a grueling task, forcing words to rhyme in a 2/2 format and something-something about stanzas and this that verse. Aba! Hats off to Poetra Asantewaa and Dzyadzorm (two of Ghana’s finest contemporary female poets) who do it so well. I’m sure I got an average grade for my poetry, because I didn’t pursue it after that assignment. I only pursue things that I am naturally good at.
But today, Lydia Forson has changed all that for me. Oh, Lawd!
Despite my trepidation about writing poetry and the slow, dull ache the prospect of creating meter and rhyme inspires within the walls of my skull, the beauty and brilliance of Lydia Forson has stirred me to give it a try. Lydia Forson is a Ghanaian actress who is known for her social commentary which she delivers without the mincing of words. She is stubborn. She is witty. She is unapologetic. She is the town crier. She is everything! I fell in love with her mind first…and then she went and put on some red dress and did a cover for some Nigerian magazine bi. Oh swoon! That’s when I knew I had to stretch myself to tell her how much I appreciate her mattah.
Let me not get ahead of myself. Ladies and gentlemen, MOM Squad and Random Readers, Trolls and Lurkers, I give you:
What it’s Like to Fall for Miss Forson
Eiiii! S’tah Lydia. E be you dis?
Look at the way you are staring into the camera
The way you have parted your lips
I saw you on the cover of Juice
Draped in robes of my favorite color – Red
A hue divinely similar to the words that Poetra bled
Your breasts are thick, but your thighs are thicker
Truly, they remind me of a tasty treat
A jumbo sized, $2.49 Snicker
On those occasions when you pen Open Letters
I think to myself
Can this get any better?
For you have all the wit of Chaucer
And are as intriguing as Hamlet
Oh Lydia Forson! I’ve fallen for you, damn it!
There are times when I came just to stalk you on twirra
I don’t make a sound
I just chuckle and titter
Oh? Is the thought of me stalking you super, duper creepy?
You just wait! I go hypnotize you
You are now getting sleepy
Lydia! Lydia! As for you, you be boss
On the day that we meet, I will gift you with fine things
Like Vlisco, and Delay mackerel in tomato sauce
In the future, when you receive your award for Letters from Adam
Just remember this sonnet and think
As for Malaka, this girl dierrr, o bↄ dam
You are loved and adored Miss Forson
This much is evident
It’s time to end this poem…because I can’t think of anything to rhyme with “Forson”.
*This is the 4th in a 7 day commitment to blog every day under the #YourTurnChallenge. Big thanks to Lydia Forson for being such a good sport!