Dipo - Martin Elorm Dogbo


Weep not
African child
Smile not
As you partake initiation into adulthood.
The old ladies will have a wrong perception
through their tirade.
They will lay a guilt trip on you.
Acquiesce.
Take this egg.
Eat!
Like the octogenarian with no teeth.
Tour this township
Like it is one of the tournament’s trophies won
With a bandana of clothes
Almost naked
The communities will see how matured you are.
The men will consider making you a spouse
The boys will have a good reason to lust.
Weep not
African child
Smile not
Womanhood has just arrived.
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