Eric Lungai


I Wish I Was Born Earlier

I wish I was born earlier,
When people were still savages
And there was no wave of civilisation.
When men were manly,
And women valued their chastity,
As they value prostitution now.

I wish I was born earlier,
When young men jumped naked
Without realising the treasure
To be tucked tightly in trousers;
When girls went to the streams
And boys would admire their butts devoid of malice.

I wish I was born earlier,
When ladies walked, chests held high
Without fear of what had sagged,
When they tied adorned girdles around their waists,
And were ready to return soiled sheets after wedding.

I wish I was born earlier,
When things just made sense...
When boys went out to graze animals
And girls went to collect firewood
Then the pair met in the bushes
And came back home late, exhausted.

I wish I was born earlier,
To listen to my grandfather's poetics
To learn to cook from grandma,
To listen to heroic tales at hearth
Then retire to bed a happy man
With a rounded stomach, full of food

I wish I was born earlier,
When there were no demonstrations
And it was difficult for remonstrations.
When life was complete for the African child
Because he had no worry of tomorrow

This life I'm living now,
Doesn't seem to be mine
It has been caricatured and curriculumed
And i have no more life in me
Other than accepting to be dragged around

I wish I was born earlier
To just live those savage lives
That our heroic grandparents lived,
And they died titled men

Submitted: Saturday, August 09, 2014

Topic(s): Art

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