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WHERE WE WERE LOOKING

When she wasn't looking
she grew,

those days
she only wanted to play
with the others
then get scolded
by her mama
and offered a peace offering
of eggs from papa
that was when she was looking
when she wanted to have
the prettiest braids
and have all the boys
stare at her in wonder
_the girls in envy
When he wasn't looking
he outgrew his childhood
unlike those times
when all that mattered
was the trye rolling,
tree climbing,
and mango plucking.
The usual spanking
from papa
became comforting
with mama
arms wide open,
with soothing words
to calm his quivering ego
and matching trembling heart
When you weren't looking,
that day you stopped
spending twenty minutes
in front of the mirror
you started to drink coffee
twice a day
to keep your wits
those days when
you bought deodorant
for the first time
ate akara on your way
home with your friends
and talked about
the new thing
called GSM
When I wasn't looking
I forgot
how exciting
Christmas was because
of "Father Christmas"
when all that made
my day was
icecream and movies
sometimes, presently.Still.
And once when I peeped
when I wasn't looking
it became clear
how life sped past.
Why did I forget to look?
I haven't figured that yet.
When I wasn't looking
or him or her
or you.
Why wouldn't things
slow down?
For me
him, her
you.
For us.
It's almost like
we forget;
we will disappear
and no one would notice.
g.o.

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