Freedom to display one’s unwashed teeth
Exhibiting the whole thirty-two,
Even as others with anger seethe
And the keenest insults on one rain, too.
Voice to broadcast one’s HIV-Status
Before it’s public discovery
Or befriending some consoling circus
And waiting for dramatic recovery!
Venturous feet taking to the streets,
Copiously eating your choicest sweets
Or choosing not to thoroughfares roam,
Sitting back at a boring home.
A sticking to throat-scalding whiskies,
Determinedly shunning friendlier juices
Or willing that one’s tobacco shall be Menthol
In the surprised faces of The Non-Menthol.
The Freedom to quickly become Married
Or just believe that matters are being hurried:
A querying of why one must,
Eternally ajar leaving the door of lust!
Readily burying the remains of a loved one
Or simply staring at it like a challenger, won…
The right to keep amassing works of Literature
Or against them turn with a new burning culture…
Continue to deposit your money in a bank
Or it be handing over to a girlfriend of high rank;
Keep telling men of God an unwished story
Or join their battles against local gods in glory.
The right to write
Asking for one more right.
Copyright © Chinedum Ekwobi | Year Posted 2021
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