Abossey Allotey


Flood Of Flame - Poem by Abossey Allotey

Our hearts are heavy,
Our souls are weary,
Our eyes are blurry.

They died! !
They woe- -fully died!
We cried! !
We uncontrol- -lably cried!
Some mother- some new bride;
Also children - what does this imply?
Precious lives taken for a ride
By this FLAME OF FLOOD.

They tried! !
Hope against hope,
They tried!
To find a place to stride.
But No! - - No! - -
No place to hide;
Fire - - Fire- -
Fire on every side.

Some went to seek shelter
Under which to bide;
Some - to buy oil
But the which they were fried
Homes are lost;
Families are displaced.
Hopes are lost,
What can replace?
This Tragic Holocaust
has many lives erased.

Friends -
Kindred -
All are gone.
Some aged -
some youth -
some unborn.
Great people -
Future leaders -
For this we mourn.
We shall them in our hearts adorn.
Ghana cries for a new dawn.

Hearts are heavy
Souls are weary
Eyes are blurry

If you do not see
tears on the cheek
This know...:
Much crying - the eyes are weak.
But we shall rise!
Our children shall rise! !
And their children shall rise! ! !
And all shall be right.
GHANA mourns
but GHANA HOPES.

Topic(s) of this poem: tragedy

Form: Elegy


Poet's Notes about The Poem

On the eve of the 3rd of June 2015, Ghana my homeland was met with a tragedy; double tragedy which took the lives of over 200 souls including children. It rained heavily that night and in one of our central market areas, the whole place flooded and the flood was mixed up with petrol from a leaked tank in a fuel station. By then some people had gone to take shelter at the fuel station. Other passenger vehicles too have packed there because they couldn't move. The flood caught fire because it it was mixed with the petrol. Almost the whole place caught fire because there was water travelling with petrol everywhere. Many got burned and several others drowned.
A sight you wouldn't like to watch twice.

Comments about Flood Of Flame by Abossey Allotey

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (4/2/2019 6:27:00 PM)

    Death provokes thought. Souls motivate mind to gain life with safety. This is a thought provoking poem brilliantly penned.10 (Report)Reply

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  • George Samuel (6/14/2016 10:27:00 AM)

    This poem is really touching, good job.
    Sir please read my my poem your smile.thanks for sharing.
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  • Valsa George (9/29/2015 3:46:00 AM)

    Hearts are heavy
    Souls are weary
    Eyes are blurry

    This sad refrain touches the heart of everyone who reads this poem! What a tragic incident! Death coming in the form of flood and fire....! Double monsters appearing suddenly and taking the lives of innocents! So many close ones lost their lives! So Ghana weeps for her departed heroes and heroines! But from this crematorium, the country will re emerge like a phoenix bird..... this is what Ghana hopes! A touching write, Abossey!
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  • Hemendra Singh Deopa (8/11/2015 3:38:00 PM)

    Oh my god that was very tragic, even hard to imagine as it's sends chills down the spine man with numbness. God bless and may provides all people who suffered strength. (Report)Reply

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  • Amitava Sur (8/9/2015 9:26:00 PM)

    What a heart wrenching incident, what makes me dumb. My heart goes for those helpless people who gathered there to save their lives where they did not know even that it was a grave yard, patiently waiting for them! ! It's a befitting tribute for those lost lives by remembering them through this poignant penning Thank you.. (Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu Dike (8/1/2015 5:50:00 PM)

    A sorrowful tale of tragedy, well articulated and subtly penned in poetic diction. It was a horrendous accident that caused national and international mourning. May the souls of the departed rest in peace. A good piece indeed. (Report)Reply

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  • Joseph Dela Sulh (losembe) (7/29/2015 6:56:00 AM)

    Oh my gosh. Feel like crying flood of tears. I like your poem poet (Report)Reply

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  • Ayman Parray (7/17/2015 6:40:00 PM)

    Dear Allotey, my prayers are with you and the people of Ghana and the poor souls who had to suffer this disaster. You have penned a heart breaking account of pain, suffering, trial and helplessness. God be with you all in this difficult time. I too share your belief that all will be well as Ghana Hopes and Ghana will rise again- Insha-Allah (with God's will) . (Report)Reply

    (7/17/2015 9:07:00 PM)

    Amen.... God richly bless you Ayman... The Lord really is with us

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  • (7/16/2015 7:23:00 AM)

    This is heart shearing, the way you portray it. And of course the hope something we Nepalese having faced the earthquake disaster can certainly relate to. Thank you for sharing. (Report)Reply

    (7/16/2015 12:26:00 PM)

    Our condolences to Nepal.... God is still Lord

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  • Charity Nduhiu (7/16/2015 4:15:00 AM)

    Allotey, I also feel like mourning with you, i can feel that pain in my veins. I am truly so sorry for that loss of your country, may God console your hearts. A good write. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/16/2015 2:12:00 AM)

    They tried! !
    Hope against hope,
    They tried!
    To find a place to stride.
    But No! - - No! - -
    No place to hide;
    Fire - - Fire- -
    Fire on every side.........really a pathetic scene. Read your poet's note and came to know that flood of fire took the lives of 200 souls. I am so sorry for this. Your depiction on Flood of Flame' is heart touching and sadness. Many thanks for sharing.........10
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  • Jude Lavu (7/15/2015 11:54:00 PM)

    I like the structure of the poem and the message expressed therein. (Report)Reply

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  • Melissa Patty (7/14/2015 12:05:00 PM)

    This poem really touched my heart, my thoughts and prayers go out to Ghana.
    God Bless.
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    (7/14/2015 3:39:00 PM)

    The good people of Ghana thank you for your concern.... God bless you

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  • Howard The Motivational Poet Simon (7/14/2015 8:03:00 AM)

    Wonderful words that are full of hope in this creative and compelling cry for a hurting nation! (Report)Reply

    (7/14/2015 9:26:00 AM)

    Yep... But our nation will heal.... Tnx friend

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/13/2015 7:32:00 AM)

    They died! ! ! With the muse of the incident that occurred in Accra. Nice work. (Report)Reply

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  • Lyn Paul (7/11/2015 6:09:00 AM)

    Sadness expressed and truly felt. Thank you (Report)Reply

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  • Kemmonye Alvin Tatlhego (7/10/2015 7:39:00 AM)

    Very sad. Let us fight tragedy, together we can put pain and sorrow down. (Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh Rai (7/4/2015 7:20:00 AM)

    A very tragic story. Water and fire are two elements which can not be controlled easily. if the two go beyond control then only God can save. You have sketched very true scenario with your ink. My condolences are with people of Ghana.May God give them strength to come over the crisis. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/3/2015 2:35:00 PM)

    Wow! What a tragic and devastating story of the loss of humanity. Water and fire are not supposed to mix, they are opposites! What an anomaly this was! A natural disaster combined with man's fuel. What are the odds of this happening? All of these poor souls must surely have gone straight to heaven. Your poem is a great tribute to their lives. Thank you for sharing it. RoseAnn (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 3, 2015



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