THE MODERN VILLAGE WITCH – Bella Poet

 

His hair is not grey
Nor is he young
He smells perfumes and
Allergic to the soils
He is ,
A Modern Village Witch
He has compass-like senses
Leads him to my father’s house
His piggy nose smells
My Sister’s Beauty

He comes knocking
On my father’s door
Suddenly,
His perfume blinds Makena
My sister!
She stares at him
like a scarecrow
But
my father
booms from the cowshed
With the smell of cowdung
Makena,
runs to the river
With a pot on her head
It breaks
But,
she doesn’t worry
She runs
to watch the Modern Village Witch
walk away

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He has already sprayed white paint on her skin
She is no longer black
She is bewitched
She follows him like a body guard
She calls him,
‘ Prince’

We no longer see Makena
But we hear about her!
My father on his death bed
Hopes to receive dowry
Maybe,
a bicycle for my brother
And a Kitenge dress for me
and Mother

Like a Saharan thirst
The same Modern Village Witch
Wants me too
He says,
I’m younger
and more beautiful
But I have,
ran away from home
Away ,
from the Modern Village witch
Who has stolen all the girls
of my age

Even cocks have refused to crow
In my village
Owls are silent in the nights
My sister is gone
My mother is in her second labour
Praying
for the destruction of
this
Modern Village Witch

BELLA POET

Issabela
2017

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