I’m Not The Chibok Girls

I’M NOT ‘THE CHIBOK GIRLS’

I’m not ‘The Chibok girls’

I’m Aisha’s daughter, her  third child

Tomorrow is my birthday and I want chocolates

Not a photo op with men in manes,

Men with Kalashnikovs for walking sticks

 

I’m not ‘The Chibok girls’

I’m a student

Savouring pages of vintage books

Swotting now to ease sweating, at testing times

I dominate the libraries like ‘matter’ –

‘anything that has weight and occupies space, we’re taught’.

 

I eat the freedom pie

You need to see the outspoken countenance of once reticent reagents

once they mount the podium of my pipettes,

My  Beakers,

My  round-bottom flasks.

 

I’m not ‘The Chibok girls’

I’m Luka’s twin sister

Raised by farm-hardened hands

I thirst for the taste

of his bragging breath

Mingled with our mum’s  praying sweat

I’m a schoolgirl

At home in giggling company –

Joan’s and Maryam’s and Hannah’s and Hannatu’s and Jummai’s and Grace’s –

 

I’m a girl

I wear no toga

only my name tag

and – atimes –  a sanitary towel.

I’m not a bargaining chip

I’m not an index, some indicator

of bad governance or good governance or no governance!

 

I’m  not ‘The Chibok girls’

I’m a girl, not a chapter in history

I’m not someone’s defence shield

I’m not a tool in the gloved hands of a martyr-maker

Only the mouthpiece in the flute,  my mum’s mirth-maker.

 

I’m no Pearl Habour

Not a trigger for a reprisal zinger.

I’m not someone’s prize:

What manner of conqueror gloats with a minor’s pubic heist?

I crave no place in folklore

But if I must enter it, it will be by my derring-do

Not that of hooded men

I shall not enter history from the pity page

I count my years as pedestals of dreams.

 



9 thoughts on “I’m Not The Chibok Girls” by Anaele (@aihuoma)

  1. a great piece indeed you, intriguing you keep me glued to the lines. write some more. Indeed i am not the chibok girls.

  2. s'am (@samenyuch)

    hmm. interesting

  3. Honeywrites (@Rachel_Williams)

    My, this is…beautiful.
    Good stuff.

  4. gooooooooooooooooooooooooooddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd,greaaaaaaaaaatttttttttt

  5. Thanks, folks, for all your kind comments.
    With due respect though, I’m not excited; I feel like someone making literary capital out of this very ‘season of anomie.’
    Let the girls breathe free, then we can all enjoy the poetry, and better things…
    Anaele.

  6. I love this @aihuoma.People are fast to put labels and forget the human beings.
    Thanks for writing this.
    #bringbackourgirls

    1. @jefsaraurmax, well-commented……….. sometimes, we forget the real human beings and go on carrying labels…………

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