our fathers the scars on our mothers are the traces of our fathers’ hands when mothers are hiding their sons in prayer they say, dear God, do not let our sons end up like their fathers but then sons are knocked over & forced to claim them the map of the scaring skins of their wives who cry themselves to sleep remain to be seen— evidence of their beautiful struggle the fathers tell their daughters they yell at them out of love they teach them to confuse anger with love till they grow up to trust men who hurt them because they look so much like their fathers the gift of inheritance are parcels that abseil from the inside like a mirror that shows everything but itself we are anchored to our sense of self and who we imagine as our fathers
Edith Zikpi popularly known as she_writes is a poet, writer, blogger, and a registered general nurse from the Volta Region of Ghana. Throughout her poetry, she engages the theme of self-love, determination, hope, and patriotism. She writes health-related articles that have featured in Ghana’s top most visited and reliable websites Ghanaweb and modern Ghana. Her articles were also featured in one of Ghana’s daily newspapers, Daily Graphics. When she is not writing, she is reading. You can find her poems on Instagram at shewrites_gh and her articles at edithzikpi.blogspot.com or on Instagram at the_health_blogger.