Intergenerational. (Mothers)

My great grandmother was a farmer

She was a medicine woman

She was brave.

My grandmother never spoke English

She was not literate

She raised her children through a war.

My mother is a broken women

She holds both magic and rage

She never shows love.

I would like to think that I am good with words

But I keep everything inside

I feel empty sometimes.

-A.A. Eke


She Said.

She said, Bend over, let me see if you’re still intact.

it’s important to never lose yourself to a man.

they are all liars and they deceive.

you can only put you trust in god.

if you don’t find a husband you will live a wretched life

and they will talk about you…

they talk about those type of women, in the streets, they will throw your name to the trash.

you can never say I didn’t give you god.

“Will this ‘I love you, I love you’ business train you to be a good child?”

what will you do for me when I am old?

I am your mother you must obey me.

god speaks through me to get to you.

he didn’t wave at you, you waved at him.

i didn’t raise you to be a loose girl.

you should be ashamed.

you need to loose weight.

maybe your darkness is finally coming off.

everyone is watching, they’re waiting to see what you’re going to be.

you can’t go out like this, what are they going to say about me?

-A.A. Eke

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