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Daddy’s Abortion

Daddy Had An Abortion

Such a story of dejection; one well known

A tale of woe

A web of destruction, tangled and old

An open secret; we hope no one knows

Mummy got pregnant; the whole neighborhood cooed;

Mummy had a baby, man! How cool,

Couldn’t wait for baby to grow, begin school

Till baby grew and didn’t know who was who

See the problem was daddy wasn’t really ready

Married mum and got her pregnant – what a tragedy

Liked the idea of ‘husband’, uncomfortable with ‘daddy’

So he skipped town, leaving behind a family

What do you think happened to baby?

Grew up without guidance, quickly became a screw up

Misbehaving, gambling messing the neighborhood up

Came home drunk one night; started a fight

But the mai guard’s arrow didn’t miss it’s flight

Sisi got pregnant – this was a tragedy

Cos Sisi and the coming father weren’t married

He wanted to pay for the abortion; she turned down the offer

He wasn’t ready to be daddy; so he did the job for her,

Beat the baby out of her

Daddy had an abortion – oh how ridiculous

Listen while I spin a tale of loss

Sure they were married; sure he wanted a baby

But he couldn’t ignore when the streets came calling

At least he could have put the phone on silent,

Waited a bit to play the role of proud parent

But he hurried out – couldn’t wait to play

Left his daughter amongst wolves at bay

She grew up beautiful without, all ugly inside;

Learnt of love from men who couldn’t see past her thighs

Should have had a father to open her eyes

But daddy’s abortion was effective; she was dead.

Life sighed

Daddy had an abortion; this is the last

Listen while I spill the tale of lives long past

Daddy wasn’t there – didn’t really like kids

Only time he was – it was through his belt and fists

Made his kids hate each other; made them compete,

Mother tried so hard to make them complete

Daddy had a twin in one of his kids

The one most like him, the one he liked the least

Took another wife to spite his wife

Mummy ignored that, took it in stride

Imagine that, as a man with pride! Frustrating, right?

Guess what daddy did? He robbed mummy of her life

Daddy’s twin was angry and hurt silently waiting

Promised to avenge mummy; such hating

Mummy prayed from the grave; God gave ear

He said ‘what I give I take; do not fear’

You need to be better than your father; listen here

If you really loved your mother you would learn to care.”

So thus ends the story; dry your tears

I hope it’s not for nothing; hope you learnt something

Hope you understand the truth; no lies

Daddies have abortions too; but God can give life.


A Very Simple But Important Truth

A Very Simple But Important Truth


59 responses

  1. jane

    Wow!!! Its lyk watchin a true life story!!! Gud job bro

    August 2, 2013 at 6:51 am

  2. So heart rending. True, daddies have abortions too.

    Well done.

    August 2, 2013 at 7:00 am

  3. why? U dnt want us to share this beautiful piece. Why abortion everywhere, this is the second piece, Im reading today.

    August 2, 2013 at 7:30 am

    • Um…I don’t get.

      August 2, 2013 at 7:54 am

      • I wanted to share this piece but couldnt find any buttons to share. The twitter button?

        August 2, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      • I think the issue is with the theme. I’ve been trying to figure that out for a while.

        Crazy. Thank you Dennis!

        August 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm

  4. so sad, son intensely sad.

    August 2, 2013 at 7:30 am

    • so sad, so intensely sad.

      August 2, 2013 at 7:31 am

      • I’m sorry. It wasn’t intended to sadden! It was to show hope…

        Wow. Thank you.

        August 2, 2013 at 7:53 am

  5. Bro! this is beautiful writing.. Life is cruel man! people always talk about women having abortions which is sad but men don’t get pregnant but they abandon their offspring more often than women do. This is an excellent piece in so many ways! God bless you!

    August 2, 2013 at 7:41 am

    • Aw bro. Yes indeed, men need to man up more and take responsibility. Thank you much!

      August 2, 2013 at 7:49 am

  6. Anyanya Bassey

    Thoughtful. Captivating. Inspiring.

    August 2, 2013 at 7:44 am

    • Thank you.

      August 2, 2013 at 7:51 am

      • I’m really happy to have such talent on twitter… reading your articles helps me grow… thanks to you

        August 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      • It’s God o! Really!

        It’s a privilege. Thank you.

        August 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      • Yeah that’s the grateful spirit

        August 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm

  7. One word… Beautifully Tragic! Okay, make that two words.

    August 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

  8. Waow

    August 2, 2013 at 7:54 am

  9. This is beautifully written! Simple yet deep! Awesome stuff

    August 2, 2013 at 8:37 am

  10. This was well thought out, was it not? Now this, I love!

    August 2, 2013 at 8:39 am

  11. Deep and true. More true than you know. Struck a chord.

    August 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

    • Whichever way it went, I’m sure it turned out for the best.

      Thank you so much.

      August 2, 2013 at 8:58 am

  12. Now, when they say stuff that wins prizes this is it. You already have my vote (even if my opinion doesn’t count).

    The style, theme, plot and setting are all superb.
    Humour well applied (I too smiled some).

    This is really great.

    August 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

    • Em – why would your opinion not count?

      Thank you. So much.

      August 2, 2013 at 10:21 am

      • I am of the opinion that this should be nominated for some award, but really it won’t matter as we all know what African writing is….

        August 4, 2013 at 6:30 am

      • Hehehehe!

        And what is African writing dear?

        Thank you. So much. For so much more.

        August 4, 2013 at 6:47 am

      • African writing is educational, and for those in the throes of fame….

        August 4, 2013 at 11:48 am

  13. Seun, you keep wowing me with stuff you churn out. May the ideas never run dry, and your muse stay friends with you.
    I love the crux of the piece. Bless up bro

    August 2, 2013 at 11:22 am

    • Oh wow. It’s all God bro!

      Thank you so much!

      August 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  14. this is really a good one bro… awesome article… i actually drew a picture outta here… nice one… more like a movie

    August 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm

  15. Reblogged this on ANDREY YTE & THA GREEN POETS and commented:
    You should read this one… don’t say i didn’t tell ya

    August 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    • WHOA!

      Bless! Thank you.

      August 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      • You welcome man…anytime

        August 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm

  16. @BankyB02

    WOW!!!! Beautiful

    August 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

  17. And after a really nasty Friday at work I came back home, read this and became properly depressed.

    August 3, 2013 at 1:43 am

    • Whoa.

      I’m sorry. That was not the plan.

      August 3, 2013 at 3:21 am

    • LOOOOOOOL! Seun is the great depressor! ^_^

      August 4, 2013 at 7:15 am

  18. Nneka

    The part about Daddy’s twin. Hmm. So many daddies twins roam our streets till this day. Unfortunately, there’s no Mommy to pray over their lives and change them for the better.

    August 3, 2013 at 8:40 am

    • Yeah?

      All we can do is our parts – God will heal every hurting soul.

      Thank you so much!

      August 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

  19. Kiru Taye

    Fantastic piece. It reads like a song lyric. I can actually hear the raps in my head. 🙂

    August 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm

  20. I enjoyed reading a man’s perspective. Thanks for sharing.

    August 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    • Thank you for reading. And commenting. And everything else.

      August 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm

  21. Ur poem!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Simply amazing!!!
    Yet not simple afterall
    Well done seun!!

    August 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

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  24. Gloire

    wow! Just wow!
    *sobers* the role of a FATHER in a child’s life cannot be over-emphasized.
    In this piece, you show us the hard, sad, truth but leave us with a ray of hope at the end.

    September 29, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    • Yeah ma. That’s the idea. Glad you caught that.

      Thank you so much.

      September 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm

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