Oh the Hassle
We got through the daily hassle
With heads laid on a wooden or metallic;
Not so comfortable but a get-used-to bed.
Springy for the privileged few
Oh! Did I mention the little 2 inch mattress?
For once upon a time,
We were all little, innocent, happy;
Well, at least we thought we were.
Ever heard of those communal work tales?
You know the good heart stories
Sharing with neighbours
Almost everything and nothing
From a matchstick or salt to a polythene bag
Oh the times we witnessed!
Let me also tell you about the pretence
That we witnessed daily
The times mothers boiled plain water for a show to neighbours
To prove that there was always food
For they had to witness
They actually had to believe that firewood
Was doing its intended purpose
The daily banana leaves with nothing underneath
The meat soup we had to endure for the sake
The 6 beef pieces for a 12 member family
After all if it’s meaty, it’s meat right?
I would go on and on but well,
That’s life; let’s not get too comfortable.
By – Phoebe N Hannie