Word Play Wednesday: “These Ten Commandments” by Dinah Ishaku Wudiri

Welcome to Word Play Wednesday!
Word Play Wednesday is a monthly feature of written and spoken word poetry. I will be sharing my written and spoken word poems in addition to poems by other wonderful Poets both past and present. If you are interested in sharing some of your poetry, feel free to buzz me and we can work something out.

I hope that you enjoy reading and listening to our thoughts, feelings and rants and in many ways relate to some of them.

This week I will be sharing a poem Dinah Ishaku Wudiri from her recently published collection of poetry titled ‘The Truths We Forgot To Tell’. I hope you like it.


Lord, these Ten Commandments I’ve tried to keep all

But my desires set me up for a great fall

I do not covet other people’s property

And I really kept do not commit adultery

All I did was have an affair

Please do not compare

I have sincerely kept thou shall not kill

And I never really did steal

All I did was take what wasn’t mine

But you see it would have been in a little time

There isn’t any commandment about waiting

And I have no idols made for me!

I do not have any other gods before you

I honour my father and mother too

But you know how parents just don’t understand!

Aren’t there exceptions to every rule?

I do not know says whom

So now what do we do?

About taking your name in vain

We’ll have to review that again

I remember the Sabbath day but keeping it holy?

Well, that’s entirely another day’s story

I do not give false testimony

As long as it has nothing to do with money

Dinah Ishaku Wudiri from ‘The Truths We Forgot To Tell’

The Poet:

Dinah was born and raised in Maiduguri, Borno State, this she effortlessly shows in her poems. She is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, a mother and a wife. Her writing reflects everyday life and her place in the society. Her work has appeared in ‘Reflections’ An Anthology of New Work by African Women Poets. She spends a lot of time listening to music, enjoying musical theatre and travelling.

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