ATIENO YO

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ATIENO YO

Atieno washes the dishes
Atieno plucks the chicken
Atieno get up early
Beds her sacks down in the kitchen
Atieno eight year old
Atieno yo.
 
Since she's my sister's child
Atieno needs no pay
While she works my wife can sit
Sewing every sunny day
With her earnings I support
Atieno yo.
 
Atieno's sly and jealous
Bad example to the kids
Since she minds them ,like a schoolgirl
Wants their dresses, shoes and beads
Atieno ten years old
Atieno yo.
 
Now my wife has gone to study
Atieno is less free
Don't I feed her, school my own ones
Pay the party, union fee
All for the progress? aren't you grateful?
Atieno yo?
 
Visitors need much attention
Specially when I work nights
That girl stays too long at market
Who will teach her what's right?
Atieno rising fourteen,
Atieno yo.
 
Atieno had a baby
Know we know that she's bad
Fifty fifty it may live
To repeat the life she had
Ending in post partum bleeding
Atieno yo.
 
Atieno's soon replaced 
Meat and sugar more than all 
She ate in such a narrow life
Were lavished on her funeral
Atieno's gone to glory
Atieno yo.

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