Why Africans Hate Cat

Why Africans Hate Cat

Hatred, the reward you get

for being different.

Beautiful, scary, and majestic

she moves.

Wearing shiny eyes like the moon illuminating her path. 

I’ve seen her stoned at night 

and called the devil.

Grandma said it’s “bad omen”.

Some old men eat them.

They say it taste good,

food for the abdomen.

They praise the lion,

not the cat.

They say it’s every witch’s coat,

a suit for midnight attacks.

But not when it’s in the ceiling

swiftly hunting rats.

It wipes the sleep off their eyes

when they hear her sound.

A baby at night she is

when she cries for food.

Goosebumps rise; they fear 

there’s a human hiding under her skin.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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