I AM THE ONE

I am the one who was birthed like any other,
I am the one who grew up in the same town as others,
I am the one who knew what life is, even before I started living,
I am the one who has been exchanged for a widow’s mite.

I am the one who cries all through the phases of insomnia,
I am the one who has never done anything right,
I am the one who is always saddled with hangovers,
I am the one who has no choice than to consume the leftovers.

I am the one, the daughter of a nobody!
I am the one, who can never amount to somebody!
I am the one who bathes cold water in harmattan,
I am the one, three years running, have been wearing the ‘auntie-dash-me’ kaftans.

In All,

I am the one who has all body parts complete,
I am the one who has a roof over her head,
I am the one who has an old rugged shoe to wear,
I am the one who can at least read & write.

I am the one who knows the meaning of being strong,
I am the one who has and never will give up,
I am the one who desire a better life,
I am the one who is grateful for the one she has.

Listen,

I am the one you see everyday,
I am the you overlook due to her tattered dressing,
I am the one you saw struggling with the heavy load at the market yesterday,
I am the one you briskly made way for to pass when you could have offered a helping hand.

I am the one you saw at your uncle’s house the day before,
I am the one that extended the greeting you ignored,
I am the one that served the food you ate,
I am the one, despite my kindness, you hate!

I am the Typical House girl you looked down on with disdain!
I am the one who will still welcome you with a smile the next time we see!

-theKennyDisu

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