Throwback Thursday: Sitting On School Steps – A Poem for Wabiye Hansbau Opara

Hello lovelies….

I hope you are all well and are doing fine this beautiful Thursday.

Today’s throwback is a bit of a sad one. Ten years ago today, I watched my sister take her last breath and pass on from this world. It still is the most traumatic thing I have ever experienced in my entire life, even worse than having a miscarriage.

My sister Wabiye, was the life of the party. She was bubbly, funny and fun to be with. She was also extremely protective of me as I was her immediate younger sister and she mothered me all the time. We shared so many memories that are too numerous to mention and those beautiful memories are the things I hold on to each day.

Wabiye & I on vacation in Dubai

In the early years after her passing, I couldn’t stop crying because it was so hard to live without her and I couldn’t get myself to write a poem about her or how I felt no matter how much I tried. But last year, I decided to stop mourning and spend time only remembering her love, her beauty, her generosity, her endless jokes, her compassion and her wisdom and that was the first time I was ever able to put pen to paper and write a poem about her. The poem is titled ‘Remembering You’. (You can read it here – https://rovingbookwormng.com/2020/04/01/word-play-wednesday-remembering-you-a-poem-by-biyai-garricks/).

Yesterday, I wrote a poem of my first vivid memory of her and in my mind, this is where it all started. The love story of Wabiye and I. This is my first draft and I may come back to tweak it a bit but I think I’m good for now.

Sitting on School Steps

I am 4 years old

Sitting on school steps.

It’s past 2pm

And it feels like forever

But one has come to get me.

I will never know who dropped the ball that day

mother or father?

Some things we will never know.

You are 9 years old

On your way home from school

But yet,

As you pass by mine

You stop at the gates

You stick your head in

Scanning around with wide eyes

I have often wondered

If you did this each day

On your way back home from school

Just in case.

Somethings I will never know.

On this day

You will find me

Sitting on school steps

With tears in my eyes

Forgotten by everyone

But you

And for this

I will forever love you

Because on this day

I learned a beautiful thing

That someone will always remember me

That someone will always find me

And that someone is you

Let me begin again.

I am in a strange city

Faraway from home

Working my first job

Homesick

Mostly tired

weary

And teary

Everything is new and everyone seems cruel

I sit alone in my hotel room

While the phone rings

The receptionist tells me

A woman is here to see you

And she says she is your sister

Once again

I am that 4 year old girl

Sitting on school steps

Forgotten by everyone

But you

And for this

I will forever love you!

Again,

I learned a beautiful thing

That someone will always remember me

That someone will always find me

And that someone is you.

– Biyai Garricks

Wabiye Hansbau Opara (1973 – 2011)


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