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Mystery Child - A Poem

By Muhsinat Kamardeen on Thu, 16/10/2014 - 22:10

This week's ZODML Poetry Corner features a poem on the Abiku myth by Muhsinat Kamardeen. Are you a writer? Send your poems, short stories and book reviews to editorial@zodml.org to be featured on the blog.

The one that gives you no peace

No sleep

Always threatening to leave

The child that does as it pleases

That one who must be pampered

Your mysterious child

A born wanderer

I refuse to be trapped in one world

Why do you disrupt my journeys?

My slipping in and out of worlds

Worlds you do not know about I meet your myths

I wine and dine with your imaginations

I am Abiku

The marked offspring

To be recognised, the minute I return

The herbalist made you think that would stop me

But I, Abiku will not give him that satisfaction

I come and go as I please

With my secrets buried at unknown places

Deep down mother Earth

Not to be found by anyone

I refuse to be trapped

My world is enough for me

My mates await

They keep calling

Asking when I would be back

Dear Mother

I do not wish to stress you

But the creator chooses to keep sending me back

I cannot disobey him but I’ll keep making my entrance and exit

Till he decides to replace me

I am Abiku

Your love child

The traveller

Always looking forward to the next adventure

The kind you only experience in your dreams

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