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For you my Arrogant Friend

It can’t be that you are that callous.

That I took you in and you defame my family name,
You worthless fool with no manners,
Why didn’t I kick you between the legs when I had the chance?

It can’t be that you have no shame,
That you ate my food and took a shit on my shoes,
And had I not found you out,
You would be teaching bad habits to my kids.
Have you no respect for yourself?

You woke me up in the wee hours of the morning,
Your alcohol laced voice interrupting my pleasant dreams,
Why do you sing your out of tune song on my lawn,
What sort of drunken gibberish were you babbling?
Could it be that you’ve gotten any more insolent,
That suddenly you have no respect for others of your kind?
You constantly belittle them,
You continually ridicule them,
You point and you call them pagans,
But you are no different from them,
Your arrogance and hypocrisy damn you.

But then I can’t blame you,
I only blame me,
I spoke of you in Addis Ababa,
I spoke of you in Accra,
I spoke of you in the Zongos,
And I fed your arrogance,
Why am I surprised when you burnt me?

It can’t be that you’ve gotten more impudent,
But every day you curse my name and prove me wrong,
You peddle your folly to all who are gullible,
Why didn’t I kick you between the legs when I had the chance?

July 02, 2009


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