Today someone called me dull by Judekelvin Igbonekwu



Today someone called me dull

– the girl child

I hear my dad have an argument, a heated argument,
I can tell from his mild lurking voice like a woman
that this argument was meant to heat up an argument
even so, I have never seen him in this enjoy-ous tone of voice

What is the gender of your child?
Yes, now you have spoken, a son!
of course, you have given birth, as he argued
a son is everything

Today someone called me dull,
and I cannot but wonder why my dad says a son is everything
if a son is everything, he must be above the cloud of thoughts,
he must be 100 per cent effective,

a son must be the robotic man
such we have seen our twenty-first-century builders build,
a son cannot be dull, but
dull was the word he used.

As I lingered over my fading thought,
a dilemma of a sagging heart,
maybe I was not a boy child after-all,
a son cannot be dull.

Dull was the word he used, dull was the word that pierced my thorax.
I am a male and a female child
and a male and female child are two sides of the same coin,
and father this is the sides of the coin.

A man and a woman brings a son and daughter, and
a son is female as the daughter is male,
the biblical word says
a girl child was born out from his spine.

Think of it, maybe it was not the woman that was drawn out,
maybe it was the man,
it is just a written text in our biblical record,
and now we feel exonerated

Maybe we are the same sides of a coin
and today I think again of my dad’s argument and I can say,
a female child is also everything,
a female child is not dull,
she is Obinna, her father’s heart

©2019 Judekelvin Igbonekwu


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Judekelvin Igbonekwu hails from the Eastern part of Nigeria, Enugu State, and currently resides in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. As an emerging writer, Judekelvin hopes to help change the landscape of African literature. His works have been submitted in Rattle Magazine and also listed in written tales magazine. He is currently working on a first novel titled” My Uncle’s Wife” that will be released at the end of 2019.


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