YSN (19th july 1989 / amedzofe, volta region, ghana)

Foolish Cock

cockooo-cockooo
the cock wakes us all up
today is a special day
my new sister is been outdoored
they quickly bath us children
and wear our best kente for us
mother feels proud and pampered
father sits by the palm wine pot
slowly pulling his beard and looking stern
i heard someone whisper
hel, d have prefered another boy
as we dance around the compound
the foolish cock joins in
he flaps his wings
lifts his beak in the air and sings
whats the occasion he seems to asks
the woman put water on the fire
cock, s still celerbrating
father takes out his hunting knife
cock does a pretty dance
little did he know
he was our meat today

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Comments (1)

I like this slice of life, Yvonne. It says a little more than it seems at first sight ('I heard someone whisper he' d have preferred another boy'!) You show a dry humour here, and it's a nice come-uppance on the foolish cock! I like your romantic poems too - they seem heartfelt and honest and you manage to put yourself into the shoes of other people, too - people of a different gender or a different age from yourself. Good luck with your work. x Jan