New Poem: Musa Okwonga, “Things I Wish I Had Been Told.”

Things I wish I had been told
Upon leaving the womb.

I wish I had been told
That, though I wanted to break ground
I would be doing well
To break even

I wish I had been told
That this world will dangle your dream over an abyss

I wish I had been told
That there are people in this world
Who feed on money like it were meat

I wish I had been told
That there is often no-one less gentle
Than a friend;
That there are those in your own nest
Who would take their teeth to your neck;
That there are those who would laugh
When they heard you crying in the dark;
That there are those in this world
Who would rather cut off their own hands
Than catch a falling child

I wish,
Upon leaving the womb,
That I had been told
“Life is hard. Kind regards”

I wish I had been told all this.
It would have saved me
So much time.

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Musa Okwonga is a poet and football writer. A co-founder of Poejazzi, you can see his latest work at http://thekingswill.com/home.asp and read his tweets at http://twitter.com/okwonga.

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