mama and papa, you made me

Posted April 15, 2013 from Zimbabwe

everyone was startled and stood up we all ran into the hall mama!mama! he screamed you made me into what i am!

mama you let me beat my sisters to show i was a man but now i know it is just cowardice i beat up my wife last week and she left she did not understand that beating her up made me a better man. i tried to explain using your words but she did not understand.

mama i also did not cry when she left but mama why does it hurt is it not you who said boys don't cry mama i beat her up just to show my manliness just the way papa used to beat you i thought she would just keep quiet like you used to do

papa! was i wrong following your footsteps you always used to say we should beat up the women to keep them in line but papa she said i was a fool to beat up a woman but papa you said that it was what men did tell me papa what i did wrong for i followed your exact footsteps.

papa you said women are property that we own to do with as we please but papa she has left i treated her like junk and thought that would make her love me more like mama used to do to you instead she left me papa. i humiliated her and called her names but she left mama. mama look at your deformed body from years of beating. but why are you still here mama i hear sister tsitsi is in the same dilemma as you she is married to a monster like me and papa why then does she not come back mama

you know mama you could have gone to school too mama but papa wouldn't let you i remember when i found you crying after the harvest we had no clothes, you had no clothes but the harvest had been good you quickly wiped your tears and said it was okay papa had drank the money away in town with harlots but you put on your mask and said women do not question their men's behaviour but when i did it with my salary my wife was furious, why mama? i remember sister mercy could not go to school that year father drank away the harvest money yet you smiled when he came back with a second wife why mama? mama you worked the fields alone and could have made it on your own but no you said you could not go back to your people you didn't want to become the laughing stock but mama he beat you up that night and you refused to go to the police mama because you didn't want him arrested. mama look at your tired face that bears the mark of years of abuse but mama my wife has left mama did i miss the lesson you and papa were sharing.

mama you made me but i am sorry i am going to go against your teachings and beg my wife for mercy never again shall i beat her she shall become my partner not property and i shall love her i shall respect her mama. that is all mama i apologize but papa you were wrong and mama even though you were victim you were wrong too. now i know men of quality are not afraid of equality.

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