Just for a while

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Just for a while poetry talks about a young lad who believes he deserved everything he wanted but was denied. His attitude towards life as he perceived it to be changed when he views a deeper shade in his mother’s eyes.

Just for a while

My son once asked;

“Mum, when will I be as strong as daddy?

When will I get a little brother?

Why is daddy always coming home late?

Why am I going to a poor school?

Why not the one close by to our house?

When will I get a new school bag, or a sandal or a short?

Why is our house filled with patches?

But still, having rats running around?

Why must I have to remain at home all the time?

While other children play in the fields?

Mum why?”

This interrogation went on for minutes,

That I became empty of words to say.

Then I answered him,

“It’s just for a while”

Being not satisfied with my reply, he asked,

“When will that while be over?

You kept on giving me the same answer over and over again!”

This word pierced my heart,

But still, he is but a kid.

He wouldn’t understand any of my shameful words.

I looked him in the eyes and said,

“You just won’t understand,

That while will be over when you become a father to us.”

It was strange that he kept quiet.

That was unlike him.

I could feel remorse cold in his feelings,

Was it because he felt pity for his dad,

Or because he felt the pain in my tears?

Inspired by Oswald Mtshali, boy on a swing

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Olusola Butler

I write a lot, on everything and anything. I am that ordinary guy with a whole lot of good to offer. I love art, music and poetry.

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