In My Mother's House
In my mother’s house, a painting on the wall is God’s forgotten commandments. There is no miracle in filtering
yourself on Snapchat or paraphrasing your clan’s totem in a Whatsapp status.
To love your body, you’ve to learn to embrace the wind when you go nude before your partner’s eyes. My mother
had told me, that, a woman’s body is a dissolved temple suffering dislocation on God’s tongue.
That when thunder strikes, she folds heavenwards. And when bodies collide, she finds peace on bended knees: my
darling, you’re all I’ve wanted to gain from selling this braid to the moon.
In my mother’s house, when a husband finds life in his wife’s eyes, he pours libation at the centre of the family house: of
all the margins that divide where the gods live, your body is the idol to be worshiped after baptism.
On every sundown, a ripe child tries traveling beyond the stretch of our arms. We pour onto its body a calabash full of
ash — if it’s a female. We christen its body with concoction — if it’s a male. Then we gather their abstracted olfactory
nerves mid-air & summon the spirits in the compound house musing a ritual: you, who shall bring us ornaments — sojourn
well. you, who shall bring us opulence — may eggs visit your womb.
In my mother’s house, every male child is every woman’s son & every female child is every woman’s daughter. For in this
house, blood superintends & tradition is never forsaken.
© 2019 Abeiku Arhin Tsiwah. All rights reserved. Reproduction or transmission of this work in any part or form is strictly prohibited without the author’s prior written consent.
About the author
Born, Theophilus Nana Arhin Tsiwah and writing professionally under his creative pseudonym, Abeiku Arhin Tsiwah. He is a Ghanaian Smartphone Enthusiast & Content Critic. He’s the Poetry Editor at Lunaris Review (a Journal of Arts & the Literary, Nigeria) & the Creative Director/Founder at The Village Thinkers (a Creative Writing & Arts Society, Ghana). The 2018 Shortlisted Poet for both African Writers Awards /&/ West Africa Citizens Awards has had his works published in Afridiaspora, Peeking Cat Poetry, EXPOUND, Whispers, Novel Masters, African Writer, Agbówó, Tuck Magazine, Africa Redemption Magazine, The Liberian Literary Magazine & elsewhere. Tsiwah is an offspring of the University of Cape Coast where he majored in Geography.
“In My Mother’s House”, © copyrighted on June 10, 2019. This poem was written out of a simple reality and feeling that belonging to an extended maternal family brings into one’s life. It paints every bit of events ‘metamorphosed’ as do they do occur during family gatherings of kinsmen.
African Global Networks (AGN) – November 2019