WE WERE INNOCENT

Author: Effiong God’s Will Edet (Nigeria)

WE WERE INNOCENT

Memories are like record tapes
Press the button, and
Find your life flashbacks.

Hear this Story!

Eko stood my birth-land
Badagry soil that built my firm feet.

Its shores,
We bathed.
Rolled our body in the muddy-sand.
Left footprints for our parents.
Our parents sober at our innocence
When seen washing at a river
That took our fore-fathers as slaves.
They feared “At this point, we would never return”.



The jubilation on our moves
With skinny legs and pot-bellies
When Eledumare visit us with plenty water to fill our empty cups.
We danced with smiles
Under these heavy waters.
Sada will thank Eledumare
For the “mighty tea” that floored the earth.

And when we gather our pails
To fetch our share.
Sango’s mere-see-less wrath sent us to our mothers
Who told us “the leftovers of water on Earth is for our crops”.
We were Innocent.

We mimicked our guardians
Mojisola, Iyawo mi
Fairest like one of the Orisa’s
Sunk my soul with smiles
“I miss her more”.


On every walls of our house
We scribbled words into lines
Left them for the next archeologist
To interprete our writings.
We were Innocent.


We built dream houses
With sands, sinking shells into them
And when the birds flew in the air
We would destroy our legged houses
Flung our phalanges to the air
Shouting “Leke Leke, give me five fingers”
We were Innocent poets
Who learnt “A for Alliteration”.

And those kites we created with Nylons
Flew higher and higher with the air.
We struggled to aim higher for what we created in the past.
We were Innocent.

Terms used

Eko – Lagos
Badagry – A town in the coastal region of Lagos, border between Nigeria and the republic of Benin
Sango – a god of thunder and lightning in the Yoruba mythology.
Orisa – worshippers who are meant to serve the water.
Leke Leke – a bird in Yoruba language.



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