Sunday, January 3, 2016

Ten Years Old Today


Ten years old today
Mama's fever burning—Mama can you hear me—Mama don't leave us
Start the fire
Stale mealie for little Brother and Little Sister but it is warm stale mealie
Ten years old today


Little Sister fetch water, Little Brother fetch firewood, play
Games with rocks, soccer with a ball of rolled up bags
Singing, oh how we love to sing
Drunk uncle coming--Brother, Sister, run, hide, be safe
I am not


Orange-red fireball sinking
Elephant silhouette
Grass mat early sleep better than hunger pangs
Hush baby girl, don't show pain
Cicadas and toads singing lullabies

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