Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

Photo credit: Oluwatomilola Boyinde.

I wake to my mother’s face

contorted in prayer.

she speaks all the names of my creator,

praising Her.

my mother’s tongue is a holy book parting in two,

one end loving me spoiled, the other

bringing me back to the face of God.

in my grandmother’s house,

I wake up to her kneeling for my other god,

she calls me,

asks me to stretch my right hand

as she says good morning to my creator,

& puts black powder on my palm,

whispers prayers over my head,

and asks me to lick it.

this is how I am able to swallow proverbs.

 

my mother and my grandmother

are one.

my mother wears a wrapper that I cling onto

each time I find myself slipping from home,

and my grandmother knows to teach my mother

how to strap me to her back.

says no granddaughter of hers will fall.

with their hands, they wield cutlasses,

clearing paths,

spreading maps of the world on their backs for me.

 

 

About the Writer:

Omotoyosi Salami is a seventeen-year-old poet living in and writing from Lagos, Nigeria.

Tags: ,

One Response to “Two Mothers | Omotoyosi Salami | Poetry” Subscribe

  1. U-ballet 2018/08/26 at 02:21 #

    I love this…

Leave a Reply

Welcome to Brittle Paper, your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. We bring you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our "I love African Literature" newsletter.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

Erotic Africa: The Sex Anthology | Read e-Book Exploring Millennial Sex Culture and Romance in African Cities

erotic-africa

Much has been said about the state of sex in African literature: whether African novelists are keen on sex, why […]

Zimbabwean Mapping Project Documents the Movements of Dambudzo Marechera in Harare

dambudzo marechera - graph

An unusual mapping project has documented the movements of Dambudzo Marechera in Harare. “Home Means Nothing to Me,” published in […]

Cyprian Ekwensi’s The Passport of Mallam Ilia Gets Animation Movie | Watch Teaser

The Passport of Mallam Ilia - animation

Cyprian Ekwensi’s popular novel The Passport of Mallam Ilia is being made into an animated movie. Premium Times reports that the 2D […]

Yrsa Daley-Ward’s The Terrible Makes Vogue’s Must-Read Books of 2018

yrsa daley-ward - image by Laurel Grolio for Girls At Library

Nigerian-Jamaican model-turned-Instapoet Yrsa Daley-Ward’s memoir The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir has been named among Vogue magazine’s Must-Read Books of 2018. The follow […]

Film Adaptation of Soyinka’s Ake: The Years of Childhood, by Dapo Adeniyi, Tells the Story of the Legend as a Child in the 1940s | Watch Trailer 

Egba women wait on Mrs Kuti at the outset of the women’s riot3

The film adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s 1981 memoir Ake: The Years of Childhood is now available on Amazon. Set during the World […]

Erotic Africa: The Sex Anthology Forthcoming in December

erotic-africa

Twelve months after the call for submissions was made in January, we are happy to announce that Erotic Africa: The Sex […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.