Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Childhood Revisited

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Childhood Revisited

Article excerpt

The collective voices of warnings, hear me right.

Too many grapes, purple stains on my pink shirt

My mother doesn't scold. She washes my hands in the kitchen sink

Asks me to put cans on the pantry shelf.

This is my job now that I am four-years-old and ready to go to school.

First day of school

I am excited to be in kindergarten

And not have to watch out of the window as my two older sisters leave me behind.

When mother walks me into the room with the yellow and blue walls

I almost want to cry, but I don't.

I see so many toys and things to do.

It's just me at first, then other children wonder in.

"Hey, that toy is just for boys."

I am told to get down and not play with the pretend horse in the corner.

I dismount and as a hay-colored hair boy pushes it across the room, I am thinking

It is a stupid horse anyway, didn't even move on its own

Not like our red hobbyhorse that I can ride whenever I want.

I look around for something else to do

Girls are gathering in the make-believe kitchen

I want to play, but they seem too busy to see me

Even though I know how to play grown-up and house

And have a "real china" tea set at home

This the second time that I want to be invisible. …

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