Mistress of the Night

Posing at night on the road side
Chewing her gum like a goat
Cheap colored wig hoping to disguise her identity
Hand on waist, gisting with her fellow creatures of the night
Running up to unknown cars in cheap heels ready to snap on the broken pavement road
Mistress of the night
Customer of perversions
Her body is the market place
Providing the ultimate customer service
To willing mysterious men
She sleeps all day
And “WORKS” all night
She’s sure that this condition is not permanent
Her relatives in the village accept her earnings
Quietly, knowingly, suspecting yet never objecting to collecting her monthly gifts
And when the time comes they will be ready to deny accusations of their daughters misdeeds all in the name of Naira
Siblings school fees paid in full
Parents doctor bills complete
Child number 5 out of 9
They sacrifice her well being
For the greater good, they tell themselves
There is no better way, they feel
So tomorrow night she will continue
To pose at night on the road side
Chewing her gum like a goat
In her cheap colored wig
So if you see her running

With clear conscience can you laugh?
Knowing that the weight of the world is on her shoulders?
With so many lives in her hand?
There are other ways
She knows this
But she doesn’t know how …

11 thoughts on “Mistress of the Night” by ivie9ja (@Ivie9ja)

  1. I like this… real and insightful. Work on perfectly crafting your verses. and of course your lines. keep it up!

  2. Ufuoma Otebele (@ufuomaotebele)

    Oh wow! this was the poem you said was related to “A Second Chance.” I could see it clearly. Your lines were very beautiful and contained alot. I do hope she gets her second chance. And truely, we can’t laugh because the world is resting heavily on her shoulders.

    Thank you for this wonderful poem…

  3. ivie9ja (@Ivie9ja)

    Yes @ufuomaotebele this is the poem I spoke about. Thank you :-)

  4. I loved the truth-telling lines
    as the night’s mistress chews gum-vines
    sleeping all day and working all night
    eking a livelihood in a way not bright

    Oh, circumstances move us
    and we behave like being forced
    reminding me of Chika Unigwe’s
    “On Black Sisters’ Street”

    keep pushing on fellow.

  5. Okeme James Jerome (@okemejames)

    “She sleeps all day
    And “WORKS” all night
    She’s sure that this condition is not permanent”. Hmmm ! Great work of art here I must say

  6. Heart wrenching.
    Well done Ivie.

  7. ivie9ja (@Ivie9ja)

    @innoalifa that book is one of my favorites it’s tragic desperate and painful, for those of us who are not forced to live that life we are usually quick to judge others but it should be noted that for many it’s not by choice. Thanks everyone for your comments. I have one poem that I put in for review that I think might cause people to insult me called Green White Green lol. Please comment and let me know what you think if you read it.

    1. @Ivie9ja, it’s interesting to know that you have Chika Unigwe as one of your favourites. She is one great but calm-going Nigerian-Belgium writer. Her thrilling tragic narrative, “On Black Sisters’ Street” is one book which she weaved in a language that is so adorable even though she tells of a life that many go into not really by their choice but by the desire as they respire to aspire to survive on the planet.

      I’ll be checking your poem, if I have not done so already. It’s nice reading you :)

  8. oxymorontalks (@oxymoron93)

    nice piece. sounded like something for a spoken word rendition. maybe she has a choice, maybe she does not. but i feel she has plenty choices to make. the verses should be spaced next time. maybe this is a one verse poem but i saw two different stories in just on verse.
    even though i would disagree with the idea of the family knowing ans still supporting her, i still believe a lot of families don’t bother asking questions when their girl brings home money. and please dear, i really am not a big fan of the fact that prostitution is lucrative. i think most times we make it look like they get so much money that they in no time become the bread winners of their family. some of them even become bakeries.

  9. ivie9ja (@Ivie9ja)

    @oxymoron93 we can never assume that everyone has the same moral compass that we do. Poverty can cause people to bypass thier good judgment, it is very possible that a desperate family can even advise thier daughter to go into such a business. I klnow of a girl in Benin whose mother has 6 daughters and 1 son from 3 different men. She teaches her daughters how to seduce men who are from well to do families and this story is not a rumor it is the actual lifestyle that some people live not just in Nigeria but all over the world. Prostitution may Not always be lucrative but it provides more than a job at a fast food restaurant may provide.

  10. sunnydemajesty (@SUNNYDEMAJESTY)

    A nice composition,next time I wish you organise your lines very well so that it will be nitty-gritty for the readers.

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