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TO BE A FATHER



They didn’t tell me
That the journey will be this far
They never informed me
That the heart will always be kept ajar

They didn’t tell me
That the shoulders will grow bigger
They failed to inform me
That the back will get sturdier

They didn’t tell me
That grown infants will call me daddy
They refused to brief me
That I will wipe away tears with candy

They didn’t tell me
That Children are not just from biological conclusion
They should have told me
That Fathers are made from logical submission

They didn’t tell me
That I will think more of other people’s needs
They should have informed me
That my moment of weakness will not only affect my seeds

They didn’t tell me
That I should be made of blocks and bricks
They didn’t educate me
That my bones should be strong and tick

They didn’t tell me
That my money will be used to buy me gifts
They didn’t enlighten me
That on this day I will still take them out

They didn’t tell me
That a baby’s cry can make me fear
They didn’t tell me
That a wife’s cry can slurp my tears

They didn’t tell me
What a Father is made of
They didn’t tell me
What it is to show daddy’s love

If only they told me
I would have been a better father
Now that fatherhood has told me
I will be a better Father!

Ota Uma Uma
Author of The Countryman
17/06/2018

Happy Father's Day to all the Daddies and Daddies to be out there.

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Our Land was pure. The grass was green. Our Water was clean. The leaves could cure. We drank from the stream With leaves bridged to the rock as cups. As we laved our body under the heavy drops, Our body needed no cream. We were at peace The Palm wine tasted like honey. The village square was our group chat. Words were strong and laughter from the heart. Love was not bought with money. Our Farms yielded with interest. We had enough to eat and ship. Our eyes are closed when we sleep. We worked, worked and had our rest. We were not at war Our Merchants traveled South, West and North. With products of trade for exchange of coins. Women were married not just for groins. Deals were made, no one was fought. Then came the experts with hats and guns. They took our lands and made us Roomers. They deceived our neighbors and made us brothers. Our rights were taken and we became their puns. We were just neighbours They joined No