Eghene (Youth)

Urhobo Historical Society


Eghene
(Youth)

By Ochuko Tonukari

You are a fine youth

For I see your pictures
and smile.

I know
the color will begin
to bleed away silently.

Your unfettered Ehwe
will be tossed into
a corner
of the closet of your mind,
while you try on
a new wardrobe
of straitjacket suits –
the ambitious black
and the responsible grey.

Your smooth face
will be lined by the
pathways of your choices,
and your straight back
will stoop to conquer
life’s battles.

Yet, I will not tell you all.
I will admire
the pretty pictures you take,
and steal a little hue
to tint my own prints.


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