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    African Writers’ Corner

    Won’t forgive you, Mama

    For Moturi

    Dennis Dancan Mosiere

    2011-05-12, Issue 529

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    'Mama, was it a mistake
    That I existed without your consent
    Something you could not avoid...'

    Mama, was it a mistake
    That I existed without your consent
    Something you could not avoid
    Where is the root of the matter
    It is something my brain can't tell
    From my head's weak cartilage
    Did you just look at the horizon
    Trying to reach the yellow light
    Of the sinking sun to the East
    Until you abandoned me
    Almost claiming my life
    Won't forgive you, mama.

    Mama, is it my weak grip of thy breast
    As I sucked
    That embarrassed you completely
    Was it my cry
    Clinging to your back
    Or was it my shitting on your laps
    As you spoon-fed me
    What triggered your arrogance
    Abandoning me in this lone world
    Leaving me at the mercy of nobody
    Subjecting me to a different diet
    From the usual breast milk and porridge
    To course Ugali and vegetables
    Won't forgive you, mama.

    I was three months when you left me
    Now am six months old
    Still going strong
    But I can't regret missing you
    (the world is my Samaritan)
    Tell me mama,
    Why should I bother you?
    When am pondering over the next move
    May when I shall turn twenty
    (a wish of course)
    May be I harassed your femininity
    But wasn't it your wish
    That you should have a son
    Won't forgive you, mama

    It is a criminal offence
    I can't manage to file
    May you can deny it
    But the world has seen
    Naked evidence before your eyes
    Like river water running away
    From the source
    Never to return
    Mama, I have chosen to forget you
    Whether you come back
    That is another leaf to be turned over
    But as for now
    Won't forgive you mama.


    * Dennis Dancan Mosiere aka Grandmaster Masese is a Nairobi-based performance poet/writer and musician. He is also a Fahamu Pan African Fellow for Social Justice.
    * Please send comments to [email protected] or comment online at Pambazuka News.

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