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.
THESE TEN COMMANDMENTS
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’
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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