by Wana Udobang

She clutched me in her clay coloured arms

Frail and thin

Bruised from the warring earth

She suckled me from her fallen breasts

Beaten of life

She laid me on her chest

Her heart thumping like a steady drumbeat

She told me

You will not be catfish

Point and kill

They will not choose you like they chose me

You came with an entrance

Umbilical cord wound so tight around your neck

Like hands pressing against your throat I feared you would brake

Your silence was deafening

The longest I had ever heard

The air was stiff

And my world stood still

But you came

This thing starry eyed with a head adorned in a kinky bouquet

From dancing ekonmbi in my womb

Summersaulting to praise songs

You came with an entrance

Shrugging those shoulders

Believing you had arrived

You barely listened

Hear me when I say

You will not be catfish

Point and kill

Wriggling like a worm

Devoured as prey

Licked to the bone

You came with an entrance

You must tell your daughters this tale

That they will not be catfish

Point and kill

They will not choose them like they chose me


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  • Reply precious June 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Love this piece!!!

  • Reply Oluwaseyi Abidoye July 15, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    This Poem Wana Wana, is a soul food, an obvious communication, and a glimpse of hope. Simple, yet lovely.

  • Reply Chux August 27, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Simple poem with a huge message.
    Parents should tell their children about their growing and coming of age and the mistakes they made. Especially should mothers warn their daughters of the dangers on the road to adulthood and show them the road not to travel along.

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