Poetic Fictions

Day of Birth

The fear grips me
Deep-deep down my marrow
The Culprit?
A cassock deliverer confronts me
No-no-no I am a fair player – a lover
Gaitily I move closer
She groans still in horror
But curse nobody, not even me
I hear push-push-push
I say push-push-push
Oh-oh I share in the sorrow
But only her, only the sacrificial lamb
I pray-pray till tears fail me
My manliness and visage betray me
The contraction must be over
My muscle twisted, the legs trembled
Then like a rainbow he bolted out with his
Ear-piercing shrieks from the butcher’s slab
My majestic African prince from the womb
Yes-yes I am the victor, macho man
Of responsible men’s club
An automatic PTA member
I swagger in fantasy
The honeymoon must go on
For now and the future
Until the arrival of a full team
To honour my sacrificial lamb

This poem by Yushau A. Shuaib was written on the birth of his first child on March 29, 1996

About the author


Yushau A. Shuaib is an award winning public relation professional. He is popularly called Idiagbon during his university days, He has distinguished himself with several credible awards in the field of public relations. Notable amongst them are Campus Writer of the year, Alhaji Sabo Mohammed Best Student in Public Relations, Delta State NYSC Merit Award, Automatic Scholarship for the Best Corps Writer, Head of State National NYSC Honours Award, NIPR Public Relations Person of the year in Kano/Jigawa State and the Young Achiever of the year from a Business, among others

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