Never talk to strangers, mom said
Words I heard so many times
Words I kept engraved in me
So I don’t experience the unknown I’ve been warned of
But I did, yes I did.
He said he’ll drop me last
School is 20 minutes away
He said he needed to talk to mom
I was told “unga worry nana, umalume uzokushiya ekhaya yezwa”
He is my uncle of course I am comfortable around him.
We’ve been hanging out, a lot
All in the name of getting to know each other better
I would see you each time I went for rehearsals
I thought I knew you, maybe not
I enjoyed your company
And so did you.
I was young and innocent
I knew nothing, there’s no way I could’ve lured him to this
He was my uncle.
It’s a dinner date
And that’s all it is to me
Little did I know dessert was on me
It’s all happening in my apartment
I am familiar with him.
Molested by a family member
I was young
Getting raped in my own house
He was a tentative husband
Yet I’ve been waiting for the stranger I was warned of
Maybe he never existed
He is too close
The stranger is in the house.