You come and go
Like the weather
Never static
Always dying.

First, you come
Heralding great joy.
Then, you go
Leaving iya in pains.

It was your birth
She long awaited
And yet you have shown
More times than the nine
She thought she’d carry you.

‘Iya’ is heavy again
‘Ifa Lalada’ has advised
If the ‘omo’ returns with
The ‘Pele’ we had drawn on Shalewa
Before she left,
Bring him to the shrine
On the eight day.

You come and indeed with the Pele
The eight day arrives
We kill an ‘adie’ on your behalf
We cleanse your head
And offer prayers to the gods
Prayers that are heard
Because although, you are never flogged
You grow up strong and healthy.
You are twenty five today
Ökö has come to take you home.

You were once abiku
But yet, you lived.

©Opara Chizaram Adaobi 2017

Abiku*–means Reincarnated child. One who dies and xomez back again.

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