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Posted by 00-Babs on March 13, 2011 in AUDIO, Fictions and Poems · 12 Comments

This is a tale

Maybe folklore, maybe not

About the rest of us


Daddy and Ada had been schooled

In the village

In reality it was just four walls

Bamboo in summer

Thick thatch in the rainy season

To keep the rain out for about a hour

Enough time for foreign alphabets

To be imbibed by play deprived children


It is not clear whether Chidinma too

Schooled in the village

Ihiala meant better times and maybe

A better school

Lagos saw even better times

The private school, the baby boy heir-apparent

The new car and apartment


When it rained in Nigeria

It was louder in the city

Because all the houses were closely packed

Because all the houses had tin roofs

Because all the tin roofs resounded the rain with

With reckless abandon; joyous indifference


We were sitting on the balcony

Listening to the sound of the rain; our pulses

Reverberating the rhythm

When daddy asked the question

That began the exclusion

‘How does one light a fire in the rain?’

Ada answered

Muttering some phrase about dry wood and so on

Daddy nodded his consent

We carried on listening


There are certain things you don’t learn

Within the four walls of school

‘Bush Education’, daddy calls it

We exchanged looks – the rest of us

Because nobody told us

Because nobody told the rest of us

We carried on listening

Pretending to be captivated

By the rivulets that had formed.


Written by Oluchi

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  1. and Who is this writer…Please lets meet her..Nice poem for intellectuals

  2. Brilliant piece!We r proud of u sweetheart….keep it up,cuz U r goin places!

  3. nyc work olly#highly descriptive#more power 2 ur elbow#

  4. creative!

  5. Now this is a beautiful piece with an insight… This should not only be published on sites rather it should be made into a collection for people to read. Excellent work!!!

  6. Dis piece is one worthy of Yeats nd even virgil for dat matter…..ur poetic sense is ethereal nd d theme reaches d very depths of ma soul…keep dis up,Lady nd u’ll knw no bounds

  7. Nice poetical concept!
    Beautiful portray of a typical naija situation!!

  8. I Knew that my little Toddler had some things in her hands, but I never knew it was this powerful.
    I'm totally loving them keep them coming, God will take you places. Amen

  9. Nice one dear! keep it up.

  10. love it…you're are star love xxx

  11. now this is beautiful! has that 'African child' tale in it, i love this one

  12. Oh My! Je voudrais pouvoir écrire comme ça ….

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