Poetry | When He Found Out... by Jennifer Adaeze Anyaegbunam
When He found out our uncle died
a few months had already passed.
Our parents didn’t tell him
and it was not my place
to burden/enlighten his young mind with the truth.
My parents never told me
what illness actually meant.
“He’s very sick...”
After a while I stopped asking,
afraid of what they might actually tell.
As doctors/parents I trust them
to provide us with what we need.
but sometimes I felt a bit betrayed,
I would have liked to know.
Would I have liked to know?
So when He found out our uncle died
I understood just how he felt.
I watched my baby brother cry.
I hugged him and then hugged him some more.
I didn’t know what to say,
I didn’t want to tell him “it’s okay.”
But he didn’t ask
and I didn’t tell.
Jennifer is an Editor at The Intima