Poetry Platform

Apr 2024

Odinakachi Nwonu

Experimentation in confrontation by Odinakachi Nwonu

It’s not that I don’t see through your facade.
It’s the flimsiest thing I have ever seen.
The problem is that I was raised on silence.
Raised to bite back my truths like some pill I have to keep in my system to stay alive.
Raised to keep my voice low as if its volume is a threat to world peace.
Raised to take blames for crimes I would never think of committing.
I have been at pews and listened for years to how being a victim is virtuous.

It’s not that I don’t see through this false colours you’re wearing.
I am just not the sort of girl to make you uncomfortable
so I pocket my truths and dish them out in petty portions at meal tables.
When next you think of selling me this faux version of yourself that you are soul-bent on peddling,
Remember that I see through it all.
The thoughts that you table as jokes.
The half dressed aggressions…

I have peeped into your mind all those evenings and it’s definitely a warped place.
Learn to do better.
Maybe own up to your traumas and fall back and learn how to wear the colour of modesty that you so much love to advertise.

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About the author

Odinakachi Nwonu is a talented female poet and scriptwriter from Nigeria. Her captivating work has been featured in notable publications such as The Shallow Tales Review and Brittle Paper.

With a passion for playing with words and a love for reading, Odinakachi has screenplayed numerous stories for mainstream Nollywood.

Her unique storytelling style continues to captivate audiences both on screen and in print.

A list of writers previously published by AGN is maintained here; writers list.

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African Global Networks (AGN) – Apr 2024