Ologunde Joshua Abiodun
Aduke My Daughter - Poem by Ologunde Joshua Abiodun
Tell me; what happened?
Let my thinking be wrong
(with tears on mama's face)
You mean what!
You're Preg- what!
Oh no! What have you done
(mama's breathe sounds like the work of an elephant)
What about your dreams and aspirations; Aduke
And all the promises you made
To give me and Baba Aduke a befitting old-age
Good news but why now?
How will Baba Aduke hear this after He's back from the farm?
What will be His approach to this defeat
He has laboured all his life
Just to make sure you go to school and make him proud at end
But now is the irony
Oh my daughter Aduke;
Why have you payed us back with this shame?
You've just just thrown away the pride of our family
I mean virginity!
Which is the virtue of a woman on wedding day
The emergency of this good and bad news burns and cool
You made me gaze to you with tears
You have bring shame to our home and our land
The neccessity of telling Baba Aduke is unaffordable
My daughter Aduke;
Pray to Eledumare
To help us train this unborn child
I still love you Aduke omo mi
Eledumare will help you
But always tell your children; not to eat a yam before it's ripe for harvest.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
A language from Nigeria known as 'YORUBA LANGUAGE'. #See translation: - #Aduke: a child preciously cared-for.
#Baba: meaning Father. #Omo: meaning my Child.
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