Saturday, May 1, 2010

PawPaw is darker than me.

...Omonoba...
Our people say:



Igbo: Okuko mmanya na-egbu ahubeghi mmanwulu ara na-ayi.











Eng: [A drunken fowl has not met a mad fox].-Igbo Proverb










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This poem is dedicated to Blogoratti. Happy Birthday Sir; I pray that God blesses all that you lay your hands to do and that your name will be called across the seas for GOOD. Have an awesome day.

...................Ocha......................

So, I am clothed in white skin
I am a white man, with black blood
I mean, the blood of a black man
The sun has not kissed me yet
Do I smell? And so it abhors me?
Or what else may suffice as reason?

And yet it torments me
My white hair is steadily paling
Honey once fell upon my skin
And the sun bleached it
My eyes are constantly wandering
Like cycle rims, like clockwork

And they call me Wokocha
Wokocha: White man.
Who reminds a Llama of it's 'beauty'
Who reminds a skunk of its 'scent'
Who says to  the Proboscis Monkey
'Ugly one, Ugly one?'

I have spent hours under the sun
But my pores have turned red
When father is angry at me,
He calls me 'yellow pawpaw'
But indeed, pawpaw is dark
Pawpaw is darker than me

But mother reminds me daily
That across the Ocean are Ochas
Men and women who are bleached
So, I hope  to go there someday
I'll meet, and perhaps marry an Ocha
If the ship will ferry an Albino, like me.

11 comments:

  1. Aw how cute....hehe. All that for me? Yay! Thank you so much for this post and the mail,wink*
    Really appreciate it-you should see the smile on my face :)

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  2. That was nice of you, and a sweet poem too.

    You know I never knew what a fox was in Igbo, hmmm...I like your new layout and the proverbs.

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  3. Excellent poem...awww...

    I liked, "Honey once fell upon my skin, and the sun bleached it"

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  4. Awesome! Happy Birthday to the celebrant. Proud to be dudu.

    - LDP

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  5. @GoHard, thank you.

    @Blogoratti, hehe, you're welcome.

    @Myne Whitman, thank you.

    @Jaycee, Thank you.

    @LDP, Thank you.

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  6. HA! this is a coup! conspiracy of the highest order by MYNE, 9JALINES &now NAKEDSHA! lol ...am a NOVICE when it comes to poems! i can't interpret any! Hence, i never liked literature in school!hehehehe,,,,
    Anyway i read them & you be yellow pawpaw? no wonder you stand naked-sha for darkness in your blog pix? i don de scrutinize my eyes to see you well well 4 d pix o! lol

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  7. Hehe, Nitty Gritty, I'm actually really dark.

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  8. Blogoratti?hmmmm how nice of you

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  9. This is a beautiful poem. It reminds me of my late grandmother who was albino.

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