Aunties

aunties are teachers.
don’t forget to bow down
before them, my dear friend.

aunties are scholars.
yes, they know the art
of gossiping.

they’ll teach you
how to inflate a baloon.
they’ll teach you
how to turn a word into novel.

they’ll teach you
how to fire a home.
they’ll teach you
how to fuel a wildfire.

aunties are scholars.
yes, they know the art
of backstabbing.

when they fill your plate
with rice and a lot of smiles,
smile back, a plastered
smile, my dear friend.

and when you’re about
to leave, and when the
door is shut, be cool
and just eavesdrop.

you’ll know what you
lack, my dear friend.
and next time you can judge
me behind my back.

© Sanna Wren

(the picture is taken from Pinterest. Credit goes to the respective artist.)

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