Poetry

QUESTIONS FROM HOME.

Father asks…

Q: Do you know how people become dried bodies, stretched and burnt?

We are sitting on the floor, in a sooted kitchen.

Breathing from fragile lungs.

Worn with marathons and our endless sprints.

A: When you steal. When your crime is hunger.Β 

We remember the incident at the market.

The angry fires, heavy tires.

The lone cry mingled with darkly smokes.

He was just a boy.

Q: Do you know how to cry?

We are lying under covers of warmth now.

The raiding bullets outside complete our silence.

A: Sleep on a Map, trace the outlines and spell the name of your country.

Q: Do you know how to lie?

We are desperate for a distant promise.

A beautiful miracle.

Our mouths are sore from hungry days.

A: Say to the beggar on the street, “It is well”

Q: Do you know how to pray?

We love the Bible stories; Solomon and the saintly Joseph.

We giggle under the moon light about Jonah and his fish.

A: Say to fear, not today. Say to the earth, I am King.

Q: Do you know how to die?

We are a little grown now, weathered by disappointments and aches.

A: Never write. Never love.

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14 comments

IamPrecious. May 22, 2019 at 9:29 am

“Do you know how to lie?…… Say to the beggar, it is well.” This one got me personally.

This is awesome. I could totally relate. More ink dear.

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Debby Keys May 22, 2019 at 1:47 pm

It resonates, really.

And yes, the ink will overflow, Thank you Precious!

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Olajesu Fiyinfoluwa May 22, 2019 at 7:53 pm

How do you get your muse? This is very interesting.
Thank you for writing

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Debby Keys May 22, 2019 at 8:28 pm

Thank you for reading Fiyin πŸ€—

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Daniel Olemrabe Kelly May 22, 2019 at 10:14 am

Say to fear, not today. Say to earth, I am KingπŸ’ͺ

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Debby Keys May 22, 2019 at 1:45 pm

πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

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Natural Audrey May 22, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Debby!!!! I love you nnor

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Debby Keys May 22, 2019 at 8:26 pm

You know I love you too darling πŸ€—

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Gottfried May 22, 2019 at 12:38 pm

This, this is your bloody niche. Fantastic πŸ‘Ή

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Debby Keys May 22, 2019 at 1:45 pm

I embrace this niche then! Thank you, Moh πŸ€—

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Chima-Onumajuru Obinna C May 22, 2019 at 9:14 pm

Wonderful.. exceptional..
Divine*

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Debby Keys May 23, 2019 at 1:24 pm

Thank you ,Chimzy. With love β™₯

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Sharon September 5, 2019 at 7:06 pm

You know how I always feel when I read your work…awed.

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Debby Keys September 5, 2019 at 7:25 pm

This means everything, Sharon β™₯

Thank you for reading πŸ€—

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