HUNGER

EBELE MỌGỌ

 
 
Q: Ogini na-eti nwa n’iru nne ya?
    What beats a child in the presence of its mother?

 
A: Aguu
    Hunger

 
chi’m bikonu help my hungry child
sometimes I think
this world is not enough for her
but what does a mother do?
 
she gnaws at everything
then flings it out of sight
she will take to no breast
and I have brought her all types
 
if I could bring her food
from where she is coming from
the bread of ghosts
honey from the ancestors
wouldn’t I?
 
but I am only human
 
I am afraid
that she is trying not to stay
not to wear flesh
 
I am afraid –
if the dibia’s scars won’t pin her
to this earth, I am finished
 
I am afraid –
some hungers can be fed with food
some will only be fed with a life
 
I am afraid –
sometimes when she rolls her eyes
I see a spirit come through
not my child
 
but why why why chi’m
why will this womb of mine
keep seeding souls
with no impetus to live?
 
I fear this child of mine
and my womb –
garden of dying things

 
 

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