Plaver on Stones, by Faith Wanjiru

The following poem was written as part of a poetry-writing event at Spurgeons Academy, to mark World Poetry Day

Mother went to the forest, to bring firewood

She went to the river, to fetch water

Mother went to the shops, to buy salt and soap

She went to the neighbour’s home, to get milk

He was sitting on a stool in the shade of a tree

Mother peeled bananas, she prepared food

Mother served us, she washed the dishes

Mother made our beds, she said she would wake us up very early in the morning

Where was father?

He was sitting on a stool in the corner of the kitchen

Mother went to the market to sell fruits and vegetable

She went to an uncle’s home, to prepare for his wife’s burial

She swept all the dirt from the house and rearranged everything

She washed and ironed our clothes, Mother bathed us, she fed the cows and goats

Where was father?

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