Featured Poem written by Bonsu Adjei-Arthur
‘Sometimes, our best work is done in secret’ they say
But we all crave the day the public gets a hint of ‘our base’
Several stories get lost in the universe like those star gazes
Any reason why heaven does not record the crowd but the secret places?
“The Mainstream is the last to know every bit of information
The details of our lives are never fully known. It’s bibliography never fully written.
You could reach the stars until your reach for that dream
Like how Bitcoin was real before it hit Mainstream
Like the sea is filled with endless undiscovered fishes
There are several details this noisy world often misses
Cos mainstream tells a story each of us have never known
Just like how we all wanna go to heaven cos we could walk on gold
Like how you made your date so glorious even though you were so broke
Like how you hate your job, but your LinkedIn bio looks so dope
Like how your trip to China gave you that “Wonderland” feel
Wondering how a place with no Google can provide you that “other planetary” feel
Like the large number of pics you took with your phone and have never sent
And these are things we will never know since you forgot to share them with friends
Like how everyone thinks the Bahamas and Maldives is the best place to spend
But you sure know some cool spots in your area that could pull up a defence.
Yeah, that spicy cuisine spot that makes Sichuan ruffle in debates
Or how Seattle and Manhattan have their African version in my state
Like the Saturday eve soccer that has no rich teams
But you know even Old Trafford, must come watch you play in your Theater of Dreams
The songs and beats you have made that have never won the Grammys
The books with your poem in that were only heard of by Mummy
The real stories on the timeline that has never made the news
And your self-made special local recipe you wish every world-class chef knew
Like how your pal escaped robbers breathing down his neck
With only his Pastor to even notice and give testimony in Church
Like how your authentic quality new video could not make 1000 likes
Because those silly influencers keep pulling up that rumbling hype
Like your favorite upcoming singer you think we must all check out
Instead of those 5 famous people your friends have read about
Like that simple collection you have kept in your little room
Or that global debate that was logged in by your two friends on Zoom
Such things you realized don’t make the news
Because the filtered side of things is the truth we always knew
Mainstream is what the fans and the crowd love
But there are talents and treasures underneath hard gloves
Mainstream makes you think we dwell in a ‘polarized effect’
No wonder BBC even makes OzzyMan get some serious respect.
Mainstream has been the death of its many chasers
Yeah, of cos it is so cool but it brings in more of your haters
But like Jesus, sometimes it takes some time before you become a hero
Sometimes you could be unappreciated, and misrepresented by your people
But you are not ‘unspecial’ just because many have not met your dream
So, don’t despise your treasures, just because it has not reached the deaf ears of the MAINSTREAM
Bonsu Adjei-Arthur is a Ghanaian. He loves to explore and describe his world with words. He is a Ph.D candidate in Software Engineering.
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One thought on “Mainstream”
Woo! Wonderful poem. Kudos to you Peeman. You’re indeed endowed with gifts and talents, a young man with letters, keep it up, the sky is your limit.