Chris Jibero

Rookie (Ugbawka)

Baby Mothers - Poem by Chris Jibero

So anomalous
So incongruous
So unjustifiable
So intolerable
So unbecoming
So exasperating
So distressingly detestable
And so intractably unacceptable
Running contrary to every good reason
That girls in early puberty
Swamped in acute poverty
Combating societal tyranny
Incubators of agony
Are compelled to imbibe
The whole cup of matrimony
Pain, passion and more pain
Married to men
The age of their fathers
Including some so-called leaders
Whose own daughters
Placed in prestigious private schools
At home and abroad
Being prepared
To surmount the challenges of adulthood
The appropriate season for motherhood
Are older than their fathers’ baby wives

Alas, behold how the foundation
Of our nation
Is being exposed to daunting
Waves of randy men
Cultivating unwholesome
And unsustainable appetite
In babies forcibly weaned
From their own ripe mothers’ paps
To laboriously breast-feed stunted men
And tots at once
Thus breeding acute pain
For them and society
In maternal mortality
Vesico Vaginal Fistula
Divorce and early widowhood
And bereft of any kind of aptitude
They hit the street
Unleashing their angst
On the society that failed
In her sacred responsibilities
Aiding and abetting atrocities
And selling their abused bodies
And distributing deadly diseases
Through retailing men
Who can, in exchange,
Give money, food, drink and drug.

(c) Chris Jibero.2011.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 8, 2011

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