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Below is the poem entitled Reminiscence which was written by poet Abdulhafeez Oyewole. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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For whoever think story telling is that easy,
Would properly from this hilarious incident,
scene or whatever you might call it, would know is not.


Just some couple of months ago, I was invited
by a friend who knows me too well, back then in 
school as a funny guy and story teller and so he taught this
night, that his grand pa (who is a famous story teller 
of his village) had fall sick, I would be in a better position
to cover up for his father's so called responsibility
to his people. "For he (my friend's father, Williams) is a good story teller.
But what about me who has never faced 
the ample crowd with my 'cripple' tale unless sharing it with friends?" I mumbled.

In the middle of this enigma, my friend, John called me to the hot seat
to tell my tale to the unbearable crowd of adolescence. 

"God why am I here this day... But it shouldn't have been this day" I retorted.
The barbarian noise from the seats infront of me showed that truly I was 
in the middle of something and not lost...

"Uncle tell us a story!... Brother tell us a story!" the crowd shouted.

This day, I needed a free moment but they couldn't let me be.
"Once upon a time" they heard me said and they all resited.
" I am sorry, I am sorry let me restart it all over again".

Now in old man's voice, I told my tale before them:

"Once upon a time,
In our mothers' womb, when she
Ate, we ate. Goodnight!"

They all cannot but burst to laughter while I stood and walked to the room with my 

Anything after good night means nothing more till the next day.
Maybe I escaped the night by dissatisfying the emotions of those children,
in that scene, what about my friend? 
"Have I not brought shame to John's family? Did I do the 
right thing that full moon night?". My heart beats!


Not even do the audience remember or care to ask me: (In kid's voice)
"What if my mother do not eat while in my pregnancy, what will happen to her?" or 
probably care to tell me: (Back to old man's voice) "What lesson they have derived from 
the tale before their departure... Oh! No sorry, my bashful departure from their sight." 

Note: The tale: "Once upon....Goodnight!" is a Haiku form of poetry.  

Copyright © Abdulhafeez Oyewole

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  1. Date: 5/7/2013 5:30:00 AM
    Congratulations, A.O!

  1. Date: 5/6/2013 8:32:00 PM
    Great poem, not so much crazy but I appreciate the story telling and I believe it is worthy of being read and appreciated. Congratulations, I am pleased to see your name on the winners list.

  1. Date: 5/6/2013 8:26:00 PM
    Abdulhafeez.,I love the way you brought on the Crazy. Congratulations!!! :-) .....xox..... LINDA

  1. Date: 5/6/2013 7:57:00 PM
    Abdulhafeez, CONGRATS <3 LUV ~*~SKAT

  1. Date: 4/13/2013 5:18:00 PM
    Cute one..By the way, what would happen if our mother had anorexia while pregnant?..Enjoyed reading this one today..Thanks for stopping by..Your comments were encouraging..Sara

  1. Date: 4/13/2013 12:42:00 PM
    LOL--Abdul, it in your questioning of self you find the truth which you have done!

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 5:09:00 PM
    You have done such a wonderful narration, and are a great story teller. This captured my attention and also enjoyed the epilogue....which added so much as well! Ps.....I'm so grateful for your kind comments on my poems....thank you very much!

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 2:32:00 PM
    I so admire you folks who can write good poetry in a language that is not your native tongue. I have been reading several of yours and they are all remarkable. I see you have been reading and commenting on my poems while I have been gone. Thank you for your so kind comments. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 2:14:00 PM
    Nice piece of narrative here...I specially like the style in which the story is told. It has a nice rich that would easily capture the audience interest if performed on stage. Thank you Oyewole.

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 11:09:00 AM
    well done ~*~SKAT

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 10:08:00 AM
    AO, this is a very interesting story... a very nice beating write.. thank you for sharing..Linda