Mirrors And Walking Sticks

They came with walking sticks
They came with spirits corked in bottles
They came with mirrors
They came with demons that emerged from wood and metal
They came with paper money
They came with pencil
They came with eraser
They came with their Cross and Holy book
They came with shovels and pick axes
We used the walking sticks as chewing sticks
When the spirits in the bottles were uncorked
They played with our minds and made us
Laugh at melancholy and cry at Joy
We held the mirror and marveled at our image and
Never let it go

We sold blood to them for paper money
The pencil and eraser we carried atop our heads
As symbols of pride
We took up the cross from them and laid it on our shoulders
Even though the weight was heavy, too heavy
And made their Holy book our pillow
With shovels and pick axes, they plundered our lands with our help
And we helped them carry away the seeds of past and our future
They asked us to hold to the gifts they gave us
So we have stood by the shore, waiting for their return
Stuck in limbo
Unsure of the direction to take

Looking and marveling still at the mirror
Transfixed by it
Conscious that if we move to the left or to the right
We shall no longer see our image in the mirror.
I am so hopeful that someday, one day
A torrent so strong shall blow the mirror
Out of our hands and fall us down too
So we can go forwards, backwards
Just so we can move
So we can stop the endless wait
For people that will never come.

Ibä  (Lagos)

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I envision Hilda’s Shoulder to be a relationship park-a place you go to learn, vent and share. I have another understanding of the word relationship -I don’t think it is for people dating only. A marriage is a relationship too, and one which needs great rela- tions in the SHIP called home!
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