Dear Fear, Here you are again, doing your gbam! gbam! against my chest. You won't, allow me to sleep, since Sade took that summer job, she has been coming home late every night. This is what has emboldened you, to rear your ugly head yet again this very night. I know that she is a, big 19 year old, but I still worry, when things are happening everyday. I mean look, we live smack, in the middle, of the chaos that is London. Is this the better life I left Nigeria for? To worry myself, into an early grave. God forbid! We hear the news, of girls going missing, even getting attacked. I called and called, and Sade's phone, is switched off. Why will Sade do like this now? Why can't she pick her phone when I call? If Sade were a boy, I would not be, as worried as this. Ah, but even then, teenage boys are also getting killed. Ah this life eh, there is always something to worry about. Sade should be, taking a cab at least, at this time of the night. Maybe I should, drive around, and start, looking for her. Ah Ah but sometimes, I wish I could, go back to the, simpler days, before you became, a constant part of my nightly routine. And funny enough, you only intensified when Sade grew up and I had to, let her go. This parenting thing, is not easy o! It gets even worse, the older she gets. The truth is, I will always see her, as my little girl, even though, she has a mind, of her own, and thinks, she can, parent me. She is forever, telling me, about the things, I am doing wrong, and sometimes its hard to admit that she is right. Ah thank God, I just heard the front door open. She's now home. But see how, she is stamping, her way through the house, without consideration that, I may be asleep. So why are you, still here, thudding hard, against my worn out chest, let me sleep now! I have an early shift.
This poem was written from the viewpoint of a Nigerian mother who worries about her 19-year old daughter. It deals with a number of themes, including parental fears about letting go, anxiety caused by listening to the news all the time, and so much more.