Dopiness
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I know Africans don't get depressed I am only a girl who was born yesterday anyway

Dopiness

I know Africans don't get depressed

I am only a girl who was born yesterday anyway

Raised in a nation that promoted silence

Where a woman should respect her husband

And the husband was always right

So I watched as my mother, regardless of how tired she was

Stood and made food for my father

I watched as she would kneel only to give him water to drink

And when he spoke

She would respond and say

'Yebo baba"

Followed by silence

They fought a lot

And I watched as my mother suffered in silence

As my father would raise his voice

And later his hands

In the name of disciplining my mother

And so it went

From my mother to me

From me to my children

From my children to their children

.... So I can't be depressed

You can't be depressed my friends would say

We don't have that kind of luxury

I wanted to talk to my man

But I was too busy respecting him

I couldn't take it any longer

So I write this letter

My goodbyes

On this day,

I hope you know

The cause of my death was not unknown

It was ignored.

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