31 Days of Poetry - Day 13 - GRANDMOTHER'S POT - by LKG

(... HER POEM ...)

Grandma,
Forgive me that I can only express myself perfectly in English:
But this is what I brought from that trip to the stream.
The trip you consented to
so we could have water available for use at home
the trip you warned me about
since I wasn't the first to go on such
and my predecessors rather didn't return from
or
didn't come back to you
but all had one thing in common:
they broke your pot.

And now Grandma,
I too have broken the pot.

Grandma,
at the stream,
I was told
to stay back and fetch all the water I needed
but
never come back to you!

I refused, Grandma
and they said your pot is of inferior quality.
They trashed your meals,
called your teachings shit
and our tongue:
the one you pride so much in,
primitive...

Grandma,
I really didn't want to drop your pot,
but I did
and Grandma
my tongue got tied
rilling rockingly right on foreign rolls
while the noisy whispers of your warnings echoed around

And now, Grandma
I too have broken the pot

Grandma,
I was told what is worth doing is worth it well,
and the tightness of my tongue only gets tighter-
but while these foreign rolls try to get me further farther
I promise, Grandma
that I will try with all my might
to rejoin
the broken pieces
of your treasured pot.



(... HER INTERVIEW ...)


EGC:  Your Real Name & Stage Name 
LKG: Lawal Kafayat. Stage name is LKG.

EGC:  Discipline/What You Do
LKG: I am a student, a teacher and a writer.

EGC:  Other Creative Art Forms You Practice 
LKG: I love sitting on the sewing machine.

EGC:   What Made You Go Into Poetry 
LKG: Started poetry as a result of boredom and not wanting to "fall someone's hand".

EGC:  Kind Of Poems You Write/Perform
LKG: I write and perform societal works; I love political and Christian poems too.

EGC:  People Who Inspire You In Poetry 
LKG: Donna. Donna inspires me a lot, I love Prince EA too, Dami Ajayi.

EGC:  What You Hope To Achieve With Poetry 
LKG: To change people's head, their minds. To work beautiful things into individuals and watch the world become a beautiful place.

EGC:  Your First Time At Be Blessed 
LKG: My first time would be BB4 or BB5, not really sure.

EGC:  How Many Times You Came To Be Blessed 
LKG: About 8 (eight) times.

EGC:  Poets You'd Like To See At Next Be Blessed 
LKG: Efe Paul please, RMG, Ayomide Festus, Alowo, Samurai, Bankhall, JYC Agarau and the Victors, Vicadex, Akinwunmi and Lyric poet.

EGC:  Most Memorable Edition Of Be Blessed And Why
LKG: BB9… That was the hottest as well as coolest edition, it was a full house, bam poets, raw poetry.

EGC:  What You Missed About Be Blessed 
LKG: I miss everything. The people, the spirit, the gathering, the poems, the team I used to work with… Everything.

EGC:  What You Like About EGC
LKG: The passion, the dedication that make ECG work even when “no one” is looking.

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