Double Beating Poem
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Double Beating Poem
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Double Beating Poem

oem: Double Beating

My neighbors gather around
Listern to my cry
And tell me please
When the hummer pounds the nail
And the nail bites
Into the wood
Who is the wood to blame?
You saw
Today my husband beat me,
Beat me till the blood spurted
To the ground
Only then did you
My neighbours
Rush into separate us

My fault
I only asked him
so meekly, i assured you
Whether at least
He'd brought home the cotton money
Haven't we all waited
Three months to be paid
Three months without washing my khanga
In case its thread bale shell
Crumbles to nothingness
Three months of hiding the children from school
Because my daugher's skirt
Is now too short
To cover her budding youth
Three months of fattering hope
And money spent in dreams
You know it, my neighbours
Weren't we promised
And so when be
My husband
Strode through the door
I only asked
I was so foolish
I failed to see the tell-tale bitter lines
Around the mouth
And the brow furrowed in frustration
Innocent question
For only i could relieve his pain
Only i could lance the trobbing boil
Of resentment

blindly he hit me
Eye closed
Releasing the squashed anger within his breast,
Muttering oaths against the world
That had wronged him
Still no khanga
No uniforms
Come again next week!

That was how it was,my neighbours
But tell me
But happy
Happy to be free
At least
From the incessant assault
Of their tyrant rooster
01-07-2016 10:41 AM
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