Twenty Years Later (A Poem or something like that) by Su’eddie Vershima Agema

(for my sister, Sefa Renay Charles-Ayede…)sefa

She said we are twins differed by a few years…
yes, she the little rascal clipping off her hair at intervals.
I could tell her tale over and over but what more do I say? I think of her today again remembering those years – twenty – when I waited with Dadi, our Dadi and got to the hospital to welcome her, my dear lovely sister.

Dadi sure was proud to always show you off. And each year he tried to make each day for you special.
Yes, Mumi Esta too… she does too, and her smile in pride even when she disagrees at your headstrong position shows her total love.
You haven’t been the most incredible baby or lady I’ve ever seen
but you definitely have been one of the greatest to cross my path.
Your entry to this earth was like magic and it transformed my life.
That day gave me not just a lovely sister but a twin that my far older years could only be grateful for …

I celebrate your inching step to maturity and womanhood.
I celebrate your every step, grace and movement.

As you kiss years I have romanced, I ask that the times be more merciful on you
I ask that love cuddle you close
that each moment bloom like the rose
that you learn from its prick
and be the very best – not just now, not just in the way the world thinks
but as I would always think of you – that perfect baby I welcomed
twenty years ago.


In all…

Happy Birthday littlun. Happy new day wan u Dadi, wan gbian u ior mba tagher tagher
Aondo una na u sha er a dza a doo u yo.

Kwa mom una hemba u ga. Tavershima sha ci u sever a sema ase sha we.
Tell people: Fanen, shien av. Tahav mbu Aondo una tese ken uma ne nyian man hanma shien.

Sugh shater Aondo. Kwa mom una hemba u ga.

May the times smile for you all the way

and brighten in beauty light as the rays of every day.

Lu dedoo.



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