Tell me am from mars,
or some other planet
Tell me am an alien,
this ain’t ma‟ home;
How can I be so damn demanding?
Maybe I don’t know yet
That this is my home;
If am not an alien,
why then, tell me
Is my mother looking down upon me?
Long before the cock crows I am up
Even before I dream
By dawn the house is mopped
Laundry done and on the line
Breakfast for my family ready
Yet I go to school
wit’ ma sleeping brother.
Long after midnight I crawl to bed
By then I’ve done more than enough
You need to listen to my sleeping brother.
The other day dad touched me
Teacher Kamau did that yesterday
When I told you, mama
You pinched my nose
Am I an Unidentified Flying Object?
Or did the discovery channel say
I was from the space
That they all wanna touch my innocence?
Today Uncle Ben called me to his house
He wanted to send me to the shop
Oh my God! I never knew
He wanted to play mom and dad wit‟ me
It’s so painful to be mother
They are still looking for Uncle Ben.
O poor me! Am I an UFO in my home?
Am I an alien to you, mother?
The beating I get, I guess
You wanna know,
Whether aliens feel pain
Like humans do?
They say I’ve nothing to give
Only my brother who can
And you listen to them
Why do they look down upon me?
And oh! By the way,
they found Uncle Ben
Mother tells me he’s at the police station
Tomorrow I’ll go and say what he did to me
I don’t wanna go,
Don’t wanna see him
I know he ain’t my uncle
I know I’ve no one of my kind,
I am an alien.
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