From Ijeoma Umebinyuo’s book, “Questions for Ada”

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When your husband returns
Reeking of his lover’s perfume
Do not question him.

When his lies fill the room,
Soaking up the air,
His neat smile painting his face,
You gather yourself with a smile.

You prepare his favourite meal,
You oil your skin,
You lower the light from the oil lamp,
You let him enter you
As you watch his shadow shake,
Remember not to scream
His brother’s name .

2 thoughts to “The wives 

  • Gakenia

    This gets me to the bones…,

    • Cleona Mwangi

      You have found home here . Thank you 😊


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