SUCH AN EVIL YOU ARE by Joy Okwori - The Isaac Somto Foundation

  • SUCH AN EVIL YOU ARE by Joy Okwori


    Once I was a little girl
    holding love to a warm
    heart, cause I had mama
    and papa all to myself.
    Soon darkness came at
    noon and ruled like the sun.

    With tears streaming down
    my pretty angelic face, I
    closed my eyes and imagined
    mama and papa holding hands
    again. I was too little like a
    mustard seed, so they thought.

    But oh, how I understood the
    mountain that stood like an
    evil giant, that made papa to
    squeeze mama's neck, until she
    gasped for breath. They turned
    strangers before my very eyes.

    It was strange, for papa was
    once a good man, but that evil
    mountain like a giant, did turn
    papa's heart into a rock. A rock
    that felt nothing and had no
    more love to give.

    My heart broke on one cold
    morning, at their raised voices.
    Mama was heart broken, I could
    see it in her eyes and watch the
    broken pieces fall from her eyes.

    Papa was not papa anymore, his
    eyes became the red scarf mama
    wore to church on Sabbath. I
    watched in confusion when papa
    threw mama's bag out the door
    and watched aunt Lauretta walk
    in and planted a kiss on papa's cheek.

    Kicking mama's bag the more
    out of the door. But Lauretta was
    mama's friend whom papa never
    liked. While I broke down in tears
    calling out to mama, I tried to
    understand why aunt Lauretta
    betrayed mama.

    "Oh aunt Lauretta, such an evil
    you are!" no one cared about
    me no more, mama was gone
    and love became a strange word.


    © Joy Okwori

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