April 26, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Fatimah Bakare-Dickson




Mother Hen



At this time, Age increased

A minute past noon

Arrest the time!

A grip of the time

Activities of growth.


I had hope for the future

I worked hard for it

I am betrothed to success

I worked my way through

I made the difference.


I enjoyed what I do

I learnt on the Job

I grew in training and wisdom

I am an expert

I rule my Contents.


I am an African and locally schooled.

I am my Contents and my belief.

I am ancient in my thought.

I need a break

I need a calm feeling to deliver.


I have a husband!

I have a child,

I have another child

I have another and another…

I look out for them

I am at the expense of time


My time gone and my age increased

My brain no longer photocopied

My brain, the mental arithmetic

My experience married to my read

At the mercy of time.


What I should have done 15 years back

Now been done slowly. No one understands

But every one needs results.


I grew up in the midst of the market

In my peers it was fun.

I enjoyed playing a lot with my friends

We all had hope for the future.


The existing profession was the best for us.

I chose my path as we all did. I have always done well

But no one understands me anymore.

At a later age my life playing out once again.

In the midst of children once again,

Not kind of my friends but technological oriented children

They all had it figured out.


They plan out their lives,

I do not have a plan.

I am not intelligent but they are. No one understands when

You correct twice you are nagging

When you talk you are nosy poking

Isn’t life much more than class

I have done it and I see where the bird is going to perch.


How do I explain my kids barging into the bathroom when I am nude?

No one knows how strong I am because they have never been in my shoes

I would have been far but marriage made me so.


I love my husband and sons

They are the best in the world

The play back of my life

If I had continued at my pace, I would have been done.


Sad studies

“Seek for knowledge as far as china” the holy prophet of Islam

But the time for the knowledge is not included and no one knows…






Fatimah Bakare-Dickson

Fatimah Dickson is a Bachelor of Film Art Graduate, she is a homemaker, and a documentation affectionado, involved in civic discuss across gender and children issues. She runs REEL DOCUMENTARIES, a not-for-profit outfit that utilizes the media in promoting change amongst women and children, and can be reached on 234 8034740500, [email protected]

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