Kelvin Owusu

Rookie - 134 Points (15-10-1988 / Ghana)

Can You? - Poem by Kelvin Owusu

Hold your breath,
now tell me
can you still breathe?
Close your eyes
can you still see?

Diamonds are forever
blood spilt stain eternal
wash your hands
can you still see red stains?

Constant frowns
turn upside down, would it be classified as a smile?
Onslaught of emotional pain
stand in the rain
is your pain washing away?

Diamonds are forever
yet life ceases to exist when it's stolen.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Wrote this poem whiles listening to Diamonds are forever by Kanye West. it made me think about the movie blood diamond. for me this is about life, choices and questions along the way.

Comments about Can You? by Kelvin Owusu

  • Nader Baheri (1/18/2013 5:41:00 AM)


    great meaningful poem.
    the civilians that got killed for extracting the diamonds.they are really bloody stained diamonds.can really the stains be washed?
    nice work.made me think about it.~nb
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  • Malaya Roses (1/17/2013 9:39:00 PM)


    diamond are forever, so do the pain caused to gain the control of the diamond too... nice write (Report) Reply

  • (1/17/2013 10:10:00 AM)


    there are a few instructions here! still a nice poem to enjoy! (Report) Reply

  • Ellias Anderson Jr. (1/15/2013 12:28:00 PM)


    This is absolutely great! ! ! if we are real humans, we should see with our hearts too, we should hear with our hearts too. so meaningful and great
    well done my friend.
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  • Kelvin Owusu (1/15/2013 5:12:00 AM)


    Wrote this poem whiles listening to Diamonds are forever by Kanye West. it made me think about the movie blood diamond. for me this is about life, choices and questions along the way. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (1/14/2013 12:14:00 PM)


    Not sure I understand this one Kelvin - a few notes might help. It reminds me a little of my own write Can You See - maybe the meaning is similar. (Report) Reply

  • Stevie Taite (1/14/2013 11:43:00 AM)


    I like the play on words at the end. Even when we steel a diamond, it still exists. A life stolen/ taking someone's life, is clearly very final. Struggling with the link to the rest if the poem. Is it about choices? Living with guilt? Interesting but a little illusive for my small brain! Maybe it is a few scenarios that are not completely linked? X (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (1/14/2013 9:50:00 AM)


    There is something in this poem that make it interesting, you are a good writer...nice work Kevin_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (1/14/2013 7:52:00 AM)


    An interesting mind-twisting poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 14, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, January 15, 2013


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