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Yara Ma Yha Who

from Something's Awry by Sterling Witt



I spy a child like I used to be,
Peering through the branches of the banyan fig tree.

Not so long ago, I was a child just like you.
Young, dumb, and stupid with nothing to do.

I was a great banyan fig climber!
What on earth could ever be finer?

Up one tree and down another,
no time to listen to a meddlesome mother!

Figs, figs, figs, all day long!
What about that could ever be wrong?

That’s how I felt,
Oh, what a hand I was dealt!

I should have listened to mom, but I'd never learn.
It looked like an ape with wretched sunburn!

Yara-Ma-Yha-Who, Mom I don’t believe you!

It fell from the sky and wrestled me down.
My worthless screams never reached into town!

It leeched my blood through its fingers and toes!
Deep in the woods where nobody knows!

So weak and tired it swallowed me whole!
Its hairy body was scratchy like wool!

How could this not be the worst of it?
I was thrown up! It hacked! It spit!

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.
It treated me like a piece of meat!

My strength came back while the red thing slept.
I snuck, I ran, I jumped, I leapt.

No stopping at all, not even to drink.
Home, home, home was all I could think.

Pleased and proud to escape great danger.
But Mother treated me worse than a stranger!

She yelled, she screamed, she kicked, she punched!
What did she see? Not me, I hunched.

My trouble was double! What could I do?
I am a monster? Could that be true?

Yara-Ma-Yha-Who, Mom I don’t believe you!

She was due to do me in. So I had to run again!
As good as gone so I go, and what do you know?

Far away where I could worry and wonder.
I found a banyan fig to curl up under.

I saw myself in a puddle I teared.
Unrecognizably ugly and weird!

Could that be me with a prickly beard?
Now I’ve become the thing that I feared!

With bright red skin, bristly hair!
Something about my life wasn’t fair!

Doomed to do the same to the children that I see!
Ignorance you say? Nothing in life is actually free!

I am what I am, and that’s what I do.
It’s a sad situation for a child like you.

Yara-Ma-Yha-Who, Mom I don’t believe you!


from Something's Awry, released April 10, 2020


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