Edward Kofi Louis

Gold Star - 308,341 Points (13th October 1961 / Accra, GHANA)

50 Cent - Poem by Edward Kofi Louis

'I will kill you like a snake',
'I will roast you like a chicken',
'I will fry you like a plantain',
So roll, roll, roll your boat when,
You have a killer gun in your pocket.

I was born in the ghetto with,
The status of poverty without a fish in my hand;
I was taught in the ghettto with,
Much tears than hope;
I was brought up in the ghetto without the Statue of Liberty to salute!
So roll your boat with the gun in your pocket;
But, who is there to cover up your actions?

I was taught in a mud-house without slippers on my feet!
And, that's the kind of society i cam from;
I had my education on the streets with,
Fights, hunger and starvation to crown the day! !
But, your killer gun in your pocket will give you up one day.

Taught by the streets,
Lived by the streets,
Learned by the streets,
Loved by the streets,
Hated by the streets,
And, many of us married by the streets;
The cluster of a phobia into my maturity,
That is why i do not respect the gun in your pocket today.

Stealing and looting! !
With plans to make the next move,
And, as a human-being who lives on 50 Cent a day.
Life in the ghetto,
With the status of poverty without a fish in my hand;
Life to me was just like the mountain of snakes,
So, just roll your boat with merry on your face.

Life's fair fountain that eluded me! !
With stealing and looting as the order of the day;
And of the plans to make it work.
I was just living on 50 Cent a day,
And, joy to me was like the roasting of a chicken;
Hope to me was like the killing of rabbits! !
Peace to me was like the frying of plantains;
And, of an excellent value for many of us when one dies,
But were still mulling to make a case like a courageous leader.

To live on 50 Cent a day in the ghetto! !
With the muse of the cluster of a phobia into my maturity;
Life in the ghetto,
Life on the run with the bullet train!
But at times, it was like the straw on a camel's back.
Life in the ghetto,
Like the golden cup whose shock aroused! !
When one equals to a temper of heroic hearts;
With the negatives to meet all day Long.
Life in the ghetto,
Like half-naked Young Lovers who called for help!
Life in the ghetto,
Like the peace of one's mind with questions to the moon;
But all along, i have managed to live on 50 Cent a day.


Comments about 50 Cent by Edward Kofi Louis

  • Tribhawan Kaul (6/12/2017 2:14:00 AM)


    Very well expounded poem making a reader feel the life in ghettos. Love reading this.Thanks for visiting my page to read poem of the day 'Musing of an Autistic (Report) Reply

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  • Sheryl Deane (6/5/2017 2:42:00 PM)


    A brilliant poem with a strong message and dose of how it is living on 50 cents a day. Just that thought makes me think of what value 50c has, and how impossible it would be to live on it in a western country. I feel sad that Africa suffers and children grow up in ghettos. (Report) Reply

  • Rajendran Muthiah (6/3/2017 6:43:00 PM)


    Born in the ghetto, grown and taught in the streets, will he have fear for the gun hidden pocket of the thief?
    This is a speaking poem. The poverty of the man in ghetto is portrayed with realism.
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  • Gajanan Mishra (6/3/2017 5:57:00 AM)


    good poem, I value it sir. (Report) Reply

  • (4/25/2017 3:57:00 AM)


    If something comes too good, we often remain speechless, but one complimentary word on our tounges: WONDERFUL! (Report) Reply

  • Payal Priya (4/23/2017 12:48:00 AM)


    So poignant! ! Life in a ghetto is reflected so deftly in your poem.The images are novel and complement your thoughts. Beautiful.' (Report) Reply

  • Asis Biswas (4/2/2017 11:18:00 AM)


    your poem reminds me a song of elvis presly, in the gheto.there is no mercy, there is only pain. people are there only for revange. hatred in all form. there is no escape from it, that i have realised, you have realised too.its nice to have a friend from africa, ghana. i will keep you writing. hope you have heard the great elvis song, in the gheto. it sound same as your poem.
    thanks poet edward kofi louis. its nice to have a friend from africa, where i am sitting here in india. hope your summer days have started. ours have started already.
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  • Anne Velevski (3/5/2017 10:07:00 PM)


    That was so well written and full feelings expressed throughout...emotional and I love the last paragraph that really finishes it off like fine wine after dessert. (Report) Reply

  • (2/25/2017 9:18:00 AM)


    Well expressed very difficult life on the street, where everything can be done to survive. It is good poem. Thank You for reading mine, which has been translated from polish one. (Report) Reply

  • (2/24/2017 4:40:00 AM)


    Hi

    I just came for a re...

    This beautiful but poignant poem. The best one ever by Sir Edward! !
    (Report) Reply

  • Upendra Majhi (2/13/2017 6:17:00 AM)


    Mr Luis has wonderfully described his deprived days .He has not given up, rather.struggled with tenacity that is an example for others in similar bad position..Great living and great poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/7/2017 8:42:00 PM)

    Heart Felt
    Life is a cruel teacher and we learn many things. Those 50 cents made you a great poet today.10++ (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (12/13/2016 1:40:00 PM)


    78 comments so far! ! ! !

    so i won't feel guilty if mine is brief. i liked the poem. i wish i could live on 50 cents a day in northern california!

    but, here my loaf of ORGANIC bread! cost (when On =
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  • R Soos (11/20/2016 8:12:00 PM)

    Thank you!
    My favorite lines tonight:

    Loved by the streets,
    Hated by the streets,
    And, many of us married by the streets
    (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (11/13/2016 3:35:00 PM)


    To live on 50 Cent a day in the ghetto! !
    emotional, sentimental, passion, repassional excellent poem
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  • Earnest Gatuma (11/7/2016 2:06:00 PM)


    Oh, WISELY AND HEAVLY in parlance; this poem does have a powerful sense of expression.Ghetto and all that stuff going around in that life really is 'crazy'.I love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Dorina Neculce (10/26/2016 1:31:00 AM)


    Life's fair fountain that eluded me! !

    powerful poem and voice in to poetry.
    (Report) Reply

  • Anwar Hussain Farooqui (10/11/2016 3:27:00 AM)


    A narration that depicts the truth (Report) Reply

  • (9/23/2016 1:44:00 AM)


    To turn tragedy into poetry and make it so profound and poignant is truly a gift. Bravo! Most definitely a 10! (Report) Reply

  • Preston Mwiinga (9/14/2016 1:57:00 AM)


    I will kill you like a snake',
    'I will roast you like a chicken',
    'I will fry you like a plantain',
    So roll, roll, roll your boat when,
    You have a killer gun in your pocket.


    im loving the puch lines thanx for sharing
    (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 31, 2008

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 11, 2013


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