Stand, Ekaette, Stand!

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Ekaette sits
At home as her husband hustles
To find answers to grumbling bellies
Of their (or her) seven daughters

Ekaette sits
Awake through the barren nights
When Mr. Husband wouldn’t turn up
For she’s sure he’s inside Iniobong
A former friend

Ekaette sits
Idle like her certificates
Sir Husband wants not the men in suits
And ties smiling at his property
(If house chores, child care and nursing sores
Can be called idle)

Ekaette sits
At home with a veil made of routines
Traditions, customs and baseless how-to-dos
Well knitted with threads of intents
To keep Ekaette seated

Ekaette sits. Ekaette sits!
When will Ekaette stand?

First published on Bravearts africa
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