Oritha

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I hear that sobbing in mama’s room
Papa is at it again
All drunk and sweaty
Oozing of lover’s sex
Wearing a grin that tells of his escapades
Mama’s eyes all red and sunken
Heart driven into shallow emptiness
What was she like ?
she muttered, countless times
To a man lost in his lover’s fantasy
I sit and stare
staring at the empty spaces
Papa is going away, I thought
Mama is gonna give up, I feared
I hear the sobbing again
This time louder
Papa is raining curses on Mama
I hide and weep in my closet
Hoping it relieves Mama’s pain
sobbing as mama sobs
Waiting for Papa to be gone…

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