Shame always tames
I went for a walk
In a very unfamiliar place
With mouths which spoke in earthly tongues
Feeling lost and paranoid
Then I heard “nyini!”
What does this person mean?
Could that be a name of an animal?
Could that mean they want to kill me
Could that mean a mean insult?
Could this be an aim for shame?
Like a wounded lion I sharpened my senses
Hurrying, then I heard it again
“Nyini!” This time louder
I gathered momentum
Raced to the body with the uncontrollable tongue
And said now tell me “nyini”
And I will make sure you become “nyini”
He repeated it and I punched him hard
Many voices raced to me
All shouting “nyini!”
Now scared, I shouted back
Then a familiar voice asked
“What is going on dear?”
I told my host about their disrespect
He laughed and explained
“Nyini” is “you” in their mother tongue
Shame tapped and tamed me
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2014