Treasure Island

Blessing Ekpe

(7 may / Nigeria)

My Childhood


Before you know the adult that I am today,
You are invited to my childhood
My childhood is once and sacred
My one stop romantic triangle
I hear only soft music at the background
The bird claps their hands at the beauty of GOD creation

The smell of the morning river is enchanting
Inviting to be felt by a warm bath.
The sand smile at the warmness of my feet on it
The mountain moves at the sound of my footsteps
The leaves leap with joy at my touch
Oh oh, I have a secret temple

My only childhood.
Was a missed experience
Cold and hot feelings
I play with sand, toys and adults.
A place design and made for me alone
When I need a touch I run to your warm embrace

When I need to be heard, you listen
You are my teacher and still
You scold, rebuke and pamper me with love
When I feel left out, you took me in
When the challenges of becoming an adult stir at me
You reassure me and whisper words like

‘I am here with you and you can lean on me
You can make it, it is within you
You are a shinning star and a light to you your world’
Sometime, I wish, I could have my childhood back
Memories of yesteryear's still linger on
The foundation of who I am today behold my face

How soon can I forget you?
Nothing like ‘soon’
You may have gone
But you are still in me
Reaching out to the adult in me now
The little child within me is the one who come to GOD

Submitted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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