Gossip is your fame.
You move around without shame.
Knocking at every weak gate.

Just to propagate a story so fake.

You have ears as wide as the sea.
You hear secrets like it’s public announcement.
Your mouth never sits home.
It travels to homes without break
Breaking hearts and dirtying images.

Shut Up!
Weytin concern you for my life?
Even if I drink the whole sea,
Even if I sweep the whole street,
Who asks you?

Know that,
Your mouth is not a sacred goat
That cannot be slaughtered.
If your mouth enters my life,
I’ll stick to you like lice
Until you bark like a rabid dog
Panting for his last breath.
Just shut up!

Edem (Fodeka) Kusorgbor


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