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You old foetus, please note.

When you leave this watery darkness to the world, know this.

There’s a lot of confusion walking with humans, an uncertainty hanging on their heads.

The explosion of churches will find you gasping for breath- leaning on heavy truths…

When you’re sprinkled with water.

With the glistening eyes of your Mother over your essence…

Do not scream. It will last for a lifetime of seconds.

I know, I know, the Priest is an old man, sending you back to dreams.

When your world was blood and salt.

They will search the scriptures to Christen you Ezekiel, Amos or Esther.

This is a culture. You see, I am Deborah.

If you’re a boy, I can’t say yet. The Choir will scream with joy.

A girl? They will still scream but with something else.

You hear that?  Someone said you’d be a Lawyer. Reject that.

Unless you want your soul blackened and sold to pain.

For now, forgive your Mother’s swollen cheek and dancing eyes.

Forgive her choking emotions and weak smiles.

Pushing you was no walk in a park.

Oh it was- the Jurassic Park

The man with the bald is your Dad.

His shoulders are slackened, somewhat defeated.

Let’s just say he didn’t see you coming, surprising?

He forgets Biology lessons. 

His deep voice will make you cry, he is only trying to play with you..

Coo, Coo, boo, boo”

This babblings doesn’t suit him but he  tries. He tries.

The woman making your mother cry is your Aunty, this is what they do.

Your grandmother is about to give you a name you’d never use.

Obumneme. Obiageli. Ah.

You’ll get familiar with the cot, it’s your first taste of a prison

Prayers will be offered noon and night so you don’t end up in a real one.


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Gottfried July 24, 2019 at 8:51 am

Obumneme my child

Debby Keys July 24, 2019 at 8:56 am

My very own 🤗

Daniel Olemrabe Kelly July 24, 2019 at 9:26 am

Reject what??????

Debby Keys July 24, 2019 at 9:33 am

You heard well 😊

Eniola Ajayi July 24, 2019 at 12:57 pm

This is amazing!!! 😘😘

Debby Keys July 24, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Thank you Eni 😊

Damola Joseph July 24, 2019 at 7:55 pm

This is awesome, Deb!
I enjoyed the read. And the subtle humour? Classic!

Debby Keys July 24, 2019 at 10:37 pm

Thank you Dam for taking your time to read. We do this still ♥

Minyona; La Fille July 26, 2019 at 4:18 pm

Best Line;
The woman making your mother cry is your Aunty, this is what they do.

Deborah Obiageli, you’ll have them send a cry across town. They call it Family Meeting!

Nice piece as usual.

Debby Keys July 26, 2019 at 4:42 pm

You put Obiageli close to my name 😭😭

Thank you for reading Yona 😂

Natu October 26, 2019 at 7:47 pm

I read, and re-read again… Please Note Debby Obiageli, you are a wonderful writer

Debby Keys October 26, 2019 at 9:05 pm

Thank you sweet. From you, this is everything ♥

fabuloussteph October 26, 2019 at 9:30 pm

You’ve got the words dearie…. You’re blessed with it!

Debby Keys October 26, 2019 at 9:46 pm

Thank you Steph!!! 💞


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