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I  dreamt of what I  could  be
when  this faithful  deluge
give up 
when my day 
finally breaks

My bamboo bed
tripled  its size
and has only few sticks
still left 
the depth of father’s grave 
came forth;
so also
the forestalled
hopes  of  grieving mother
still in her mourning cloth

I could smell 
the tantalizer  
grandmother once prepared 
for father
oblivious  what next day
portended for us

When the hard nocks 
of the rain
broke through
my thatched roof
and ceaselessly
came in droplets  
on my brow
It furrowed 
to clearer vindication

The light I saw
shorn so bright to be true
every thing in me soothed
and I knew I was coming 
closer to where it all started.

Finally I arrived
the dingy room 
where grand father 
always sat alone 
resting his fragile neck
looking at the world. 
He ceaselessly crunched
at  his well separated teeth
scolding and questioning
his unseen guests
Un-seeable guests
who claimed his only son 
only last year 
they still want
the  remaining
contract performed
Ridiculous. Callous
I imagined grandfather 
Must be telling them.
I  imagined
Okosisi  would  dare the spirits 
and refuse to die
at least for my sake
whatever the cult may say. 

The strands of his hair 
hung somewhere in mother’s  kitchen
and she knows the price
we shall all  pay  
if that loop  is  mistakenly
eaten by the fire
I  imagined
Okosisi would dare the spirits
and stick to his gun
and refuse to die
and if he lives
and the spooks demand me
who will continue the family tree?.

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  1. Date: 1/28/2011 6:23:00 PM
    excellent my friend