My Wrapper

Kubor Dietei Gimeoin 1990 (Port Harcourt)



I have nothing in this world,
Only a polished wrapper hook around my tiny waist

That wrapper is all that is left,
It has sworn to hold on till the end of time

...I fear, I fear the fearful trill of the world
pulling it from both ends

A fearful creak is heard!
 creak, creak again and again

Something is dropping from my waist;
It has gone a bit beyond my belly button

From there comes a boisterous breeze
To make me filth of the world

...my nakedness is at risk
like a stake on Betking...

When your bones are broken
like a broken bridge
All to do is watch in shiver,
Yes, watch in shiver
And wince in uncertainty...

Life, let go of my polished wrapper:
Already, my life has been a hapless hustle

What do you see in me that I do not see about my wretched self?

...time to come,
You will seek me here,
Seek me there,
...everywhere
 like the Frenchies for the Scarlet Pimpernel
And I will not be in the poisoned places you'd been.

About this poem

I wrote this poem due to a fearful thought that inundated my mind. The thought that the world wants that one person who has been everything to me. The "wrapper" symbolises my younger sister, the thought of something bad happening to her propelled me to write this poem.

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Written on January 02, 2022

Submitted by Kudietei on October 11, 2022

Modified by Kudietei on October 11, 2022

1:01 min read
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Quick analysis:

Scheme AB XX AX XX BC XA DD CXEEX EF X XXGGFX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 938
Words 203
Stanzas 11
Stanza Lengths 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 5, 2, 1, 6

Kubor Dietei Gimeoin

I am the sixth child of seven. I grew up in Lobia, a riverine village where our rivers and lands are degraded. This reality is what made me a poet. I have written several unpublished poems. more…

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