You house my thought
In the toilet of my mouth
To sentence my voice to life imprisonment.

You make the law a tonic
to your soul.
You make the law a thorn
to my innocent skin.

You kept my voice till I lost
My voice to face the world.

Yet, mama pinched my soul
To obey your choice
As my voice keep cracking
like that of an egg.

Your children have the voice
But words simply divorce
For their blood bleed violence


by Zainab Adebayo

Published by Adekunle Writes

Adekunle is the author of a poetry collection, 'Arise Nigeria'. A young writer, Adekunle is a correspondent at Church Times Newspaper and Contributing Editor for Interviews at OPEN: Journal of Arts and Letters. He's the recipient of Daily Trust Newspaper's Poet of the week, January 2019. Follow me on Instagram on Adewunmi

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