hide your sons

August 23, 2015

barely into the third year/ the son the beast sired with an ogre woman

demands that your sons protect the mother’s manyatta

& your sons will pick other people’s sons

out of buses ferrying the smell of sprays masking suffering and hand-me-down fears

from Garbatullah into Little Mogadiscio

through Nguutani, Ngoliba and Landless

because a laminated piece of shit/ is called truth

in your land.

& mothers in Bondeni  and Witu will count to ∞, bodies

marked with the number of the/ beast,

(a bullet lodged into a suspected gangster costs only a thousand five hundred +

a hole in a mother’s heart)

— each has eight—

[…]

the rest of her sons died.

of bad governance.

the lemniscate has no meaning

here; hide your sons.

 Comments: 4

  1. chebet

    Epic finish. Hide you sons.

    • Neo

      You’d better hide yours; they’re coming 🙁

  2. chebet

    Epic finish. Hide you sons.

    • Neo

      You’d better hide yours; they’re coming 🙁

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