I Feel Sad

Written by: lucky okoedion

I feel sad
like young girls
returned from school,
with empty bellies,
Yet at the backyard
washing 'Akpu' or 'Akamu';

It pains me
like fingers hurt
between frame and wood
of a jammed door;
It offends me
like red and green leaves
falling from trees,
and littering our brown compound
Forever and indiscriminately;

It kills me
like earth worm
destroying our fat yams
in the black sands
of our farms:

The love i feel for you.


# 'AKPU' - a fermented cassava which pulp is extracted from the roughage by means of   
washing with water. Done to produce a Nigerian swallow starch food. Quite irritating 
because of the foul odor of the fermented cassava. And a work for the mothers and 
sisters.

# 'AKAMU' - A Nigerian word for fermented corn which pulp is extracted from the corn 
roughage by means of washing with water to produce a delicious starch drink. but 
production process is quite irritating too. Also a work for the mothers and sisters. 
in the black sands
of our farms