Sunday, May 8, 2011

Toasting To Memories

Some phased together memories that may never fade
Now I immortalize in words.

Semanseman (Officials from the School of Hygiene) went away.
Our house was never fined; you had ingenious ways for hiding things,
But no matter where, I found them.

The day I wanted my nails cut;
Busy in the middle of something, 'later' you told me.
It was inspection at school the next day, I tell you.
Armed with a pesewa, I purchased a brand new razor blade,
The rest became an ever-present remainder of my pigheadedness for the next twenty-three years'
Oh, my big toe came off to reveal a new layer,
And my little toe finally got some nail on it.

Remember the time I walked in on you and Dad,
I wanted a bath because I had slept earlier that day without taking one.
By the way, I now know what you were about.

I had jerry curls in créche

I hope that wasn't money you gave to my teacher at kindergarten,
I never use the school's toilet anyway
'Why do I have to bring toilet paper?'
I rightly told her.

Mrs Addico was really mean.
I had to cut off all my lovely natural hair before going to class 3.
I love that Big Sis hot combed my hair into afro, my last day in class 2.

Then you became my barber.
I took the coolest hair cuts to school.

My menarche
You boiled an egg
I swallowed it whole
Tradition, I was told.
A symbol of celebration and a naive belief of replacement.

What can I say mum?
You are there when most needed
And then some.

The first,
Love, breakup, and everything in between.

I am waiting, Mamaa
For the day you come back
Come home to where the river is not locked up
And people do not dry themselves up like cocoa beans
When the sun is out.

Memories.

5 comments:

seye said...

Now this was inspiring!!!

I am inspired to write about my mum. Okay, that coming up soon!

I see a lot of Ghanaian in this. Mrs Addico. I had a Ghanaian teacher with that name

Tetekai said...

Please do seye. I want to read it.

Which school? Mine was Ministry of Health Primary & JSS at Korle-bu

Jaycee said...

Wow.

kitkat said...

Awww this is real sweet, and i'm sure ur mum would be very pleased with this, wherever she is now.

Tetekai said...

@Jaycee: Thank you. :)

@kitkat: I am sure too. My elder sister might read it to her.