If You Kill Me, I Will Kill You

Written by: lucky okoedion

If I don't 
wake up 
early
to clean 
the 
compound,
wash your 
clothes
And cook 
your 
breakfast,
Then you 
have not 
killed me.

But if you 
wake up 
late
yet eat 
early,
Return 
dirty
yet go out 
clean,
Sit up late, 
yet eat 
early,
Then you 
have killed 
me
And I've 
killed you 
in return.

That is if 
you kill me
with your 
love,
I mean 
killing that 
part of me
that envies 
your 
gender;
Killing me 
slowly,
replacing 
my lungs
with 
umbilical 
cords
 from the 
navel of 
your soul.

But then, I 
will kill 
you 
quickly.
Making 
you thank 
God
That your 
parents' 
friends,
And kin
Shared 
powder 
on your 
birthday.

And we're 
stronger 
after 
death.