Oyinbo, three voices

Oyinbo, three voices

White on my face

All the lies you were told

By people just like me

Decades ago and today

I can’t walk in your pain

I can’t be trusted

I can’t be befriended

I do not belong


Love in my heart

For another man like me

I disgust you

The word sin comes to your mind

Whenever you see me

I can’t be trusted

I can’t be befriended

I belong in jail


Strength in my mind

I want choices for my life

Don’t I have enough already?

I forgot my place

I should be making jollof rice

And raising your children

I belong at home


But look at me

I am not unlike you

I just want choices

I just want to be with the one I love

I just want you to see the person I am inside


Just like you do


I am not that different



17 thoughts on “Oyinbo, three voices” by Jefsaraurmax (@jefsaraurmax)

  1. This is a well crafted poem.
    I enjoyed it.
    It is about belonging, identity and prejudice, isn’t it.
    There is also something about interracial relationships and gender roles there too.
    Perhaps I’m interpreting it wrong.
    Thanks for sharing @jefsaruarmax.

  2. Thank you @olajumoke! It is about discrimination based on skin color, sexual orientation, and gender. For this reason there are three voices. It is about the way we perceive ourselves and the way others perceive us. It is about what we want for ourselves and what others want for us. It is to say that at the end of the day, most human beings need and want the same things and that only our perception of them or their perception of us creates a difference. Thanks for reading.

  3. Levuz (@Levuz)

    This is a beautifully composed poem. The explanation makes it very easy to understand; @jefsaraurmax. Well done

  4. @jefsaraurmax, segregation as a result of differences in skin pigmentation and gender differences has been a really contentious issue for a long time now…………….it’s good seeing that you take it up in your poetry………………nice one………..

      1. @jefsaraurmax, but………..how is racism really like in the States?

  5. @innoalifa, people are racist here just like anywhere else.My sister in law was looking for a job a long time ago and she would get interview apointments but when she would get there,the job had already been taken.When I go with my husband in an electronic store, it is often that clerks watch him when he is browsing down the aisles.Not far from where I live, there are still people flying the confederate flag.Being a black man or a black woman in America is still a struggle.So is being a foreigner.

    1. @jefsaraurmax, that’s good to know…………..no wonder Chimamanda Adichie’s “AMERICANAH” satirizes the reality of racism in America………. the protagonist of the novel didn’t know she was black until she got to America……..it’s really disheartening…………hoping for better days were all men will be equal and not SOME MEN BEING MORE EQUAL THAN SOME MEN……………. thanks for sharing…………

      1. ufuoma otebele (@ufuomaotebele)

        @innoalifa The funny part about racism in the states is that even the black americans are some worth racist towards africans who live in America. I mean come on are we not all africans??? The whitessef maintain their sef………….I need to read that book “AMEERICANAH “

        1. @ufuomaotebele, *SENIOR SCRIBE*, racism is not a thing to write home about………. I think you have a very good idea-pick up AMERICANAH and see whther it depicts what you know as reality or not………………

          1. ufuoma otebele (@ufuomaotebele)

            @innoalifa LOL leave my senior scribe alone ooo………..*smile* And yes that book will pick it up when am nt too lazy to leave the house.

            1. @ufuomaotebele, waiting to get the gist of the book from you…………*smiling*

    2. ufuoma otebele (@ufuomaotebele)

      I think racism is even more common in america.

  6. @ufuomaotebele, racism is everywhere.I was born in France and people are racist there too.I’m pretty sure people are racist in Nigeria, which is what my poem was about.Most human beings fear/are wary of foreigners/people who look or are different.
    I read Americanah and it was great, I recommend it.The only thing I didn’t like and that Chimamanda only shows racism in America.I didn’t care for her portray of the ladies in the Beauty shop.There are people who are not racist and she didn’t show them.I though her book, even though great, was a little biased.

    1. Exactly my thought. With regards to Americana but I guess she just wanted the attention not to shift.

      Nice poem really. Well done.

      1. @Tai, thanks for reading and commenting. I agree with you.She wanted to make a point and she did beautifully.I will forgive her that detail as she is still one of my favorite writers.

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