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The Privileges of the Married

December 7, 2020 - Reflections
The Privileges of the Married

I wonder why the damsels of the city don’t cross their legs when sitting
Or why they look straight into their fathers’ faces when lying
I wonder whether it’s the enlightenment from the Catholic school
Or is it the rubbing of influencers from Tiktok or the wave of Neflix series?
The sins of the children of Nairobi really surprise me

Teach me my dear one
Enlighten me on the courage to skip the traditions of ruracio
Instruct me on how to sleep under the same roof with stolen goods
Show me how to avoid nightmares while cohabiting with an eloped spouse
Ground me on the wisdom of the men and women of the land with many lights

Before then, you should know that I look forward to when I’ll be betrothed
I want to eat the yams and drink soup with my own calabash
I desire the go to the bed with the warmth of the fireplace
So that I may divorce my singlehood for good
So that I can join the women at the village well in their gossip

And if getting a husband is not happiness without bound
Curse me with the glow of the pregnant
Fixate me with the joys of the mirage on the road to Mackinon
Unfold before my eyes the fantasies of the unmarried
Chase away the darkness in my nights

Hide me from the shame of not getting the morning delight and night glee
Fast track my fitting into society’s cages and the chains of lifelong union
More than anything, I want to sing someone’s tune
I want the privileges of the married
I dream of shedding my skin for the sake of another

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