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Papa always said that hitting a woman was a sin

I grew up cuddling those words

Like they came, a spring from my soul

But I often wondered

Whether those screams I heard

The pans crashing and pots tumbling

When I was supposed to be asleep

Were just scenes from a movie in my head

I grew up, watching when no one thought I would

Watching mama yelp in pain

When her herbs would no longer remedy her battered face

When she limped to accommodate the havoc on her body

I observed mama’s pain

And I loathed the man who wreaked it on her

He, papa, who drank and told lies

About treating women right

The man who tried to raise me with that wisdom

Was not the man who succumbed to the beckoning

Of the demons in the keg

For when they called

He answered

Their will his to obey

Papa always said that hitting a woman was a sin

But he never reckoned with the keg demons

Written by Michael Ifeanyi Akuchie

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Walt Shakes(@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter.

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  1. Many a life and marriage have been wasted by men who could not control the power of the keg demons over them.
    Good poem, Michael.

  2. The battle to be a better man and not succumb to his demons. Papa knew he was wrong and didn’t want his son towing that line.
    Nice poem, thanks.

  3. Keg Demons are everywhere destroying families and the lives of their children. Good one, bro.

  4. Keg Demons

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