Bonnetvanture T Asiimwe

Rookie (25Jan 1986 / Western Uganda, EastAfrica)

Sip And Go To Sleep - Poem by Bonnetvanture T Asiimwe

Look at the sober socks that lovingly suckle
And the threads of my neck strained
By the fiery abuse of your furious father.
These radiant eyes have lost
The rose-dream- like look of jolly youth hood
And have taken on the blank stare of indifference
Even so, I still stay a woman.

The satirical eyes scorn your sordid father
Who had me wooed
By the word sweetness
And has refused to take me
To the little island he often promised
When we frequently visited the highlands
Of that tiny hill of the west
And the sun sneered at us
Well knowing that at a time will laugh at us

He and his peers have resorted
To forums of beers
Where they empty their hearts
Into bottles of fire burning brew
To pick Dutch courage
And will offer to tell the flying fly
Of the secrets that lie under bed,
Promising prostitutes shillings
Sold from my seasonal sweat of harvests
In exchange for the incurable disease
And will retire home at dark
To remind children that he is their father
Stand and watch
Measuring his manhood
Even so, I still stay a woman

The shriveling vessels can’t fail
You, and of course your father
You all sip my sap
And go to sleep in comfort
And I,
Drop dead in my bed
To watch the dragging night toss me
I am reminded at dawn for another turn,
Then the tilling of the land,
And the tending of the goats...
Even so, I still stay a woman.

To where are you going?
My innocent one
Tomorrow teenagers will come
In dice face to sterilize you
And tame you with the same words
Like a lightening shock
On a day long like this
You will have known
What a mother is.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 12, 2009

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