translates to welldone
where i come from.

jookwa for
women with large baskets
of yams on their heads
are loudest .

young lasses from streams
balancing oversized basins
embrace a louder jookwa enthusiastically.

old people walking kilometres to
pay in-laws visits are
on bent knees et hugs
welcomed with loud jookwas

and you my dear,
in front of a television all day
cellphone on your chest: the crucifix,
sharing photos and awaiting likes
on Facebook and Instagram
betting more than you earn,
you expect a jookwaa too right?

*jookwa- an exclamation of praise*

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