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mama papa life lessons

Just the other day I cried       
 cried for mummy’s arms     
I wouldn’t have let anyone else hold me 
everything to me she was 
the only being I knew with superpowers.

Mummy look what I found..
throw that away my dear it will harm you 
mummy teach me how to tie my laces 
son think of a rabbits ears… genius isn’t she? 
Mum I got hurt... come ill apply some herbs to it… 

come here son be a man 
the lion of the homestead he never cries never, 
I got an "A" I know you are just like me 
what do you expect?
Daddy I failed in my exams..
a frown on his face
that you didn’t get from my side of the family 
go and talk to your mother.
he hated me grew up in 
thought that he was rude grew up in fear. 

Now the world has changed 
almost saying goodbye to ...“mummy a lollipop, shoe, book 
I can’t imagine mummy I need rent HUH! 
That is not manly I now understand HIM daddy
an eagles feather is only found in the nest on the longest tree 

the world has swallowed me 
teaching me that independent is what I should be 
just like daddy used to say slowly,
carefully beating me into being like daddy 
I now know him 
why so strict 
why so silent 
why so scary mh mh mh
 I now know why his laughter and 
anger seemed to be married 
The smile I put on, 
the tears that almost come out of me,
the car am about to drive, 
mention them an infinite list I have 
a hard Working strong independent man I am...
all I got from my African mamma and papa

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