Iba – ABRAHAM ISAAC

sick man penastory

Pain licks the boundaries of tolerance, intensity searing

The pounding of a thousand housewives

Ate away at my crown with reckless abandon

Not Iyan- the king of delicacies in all its supple splendor

But agony; raw, real and relentless

“It is Iba!” proclaims the medicine man

Casting me a disdainful look no benevolent executioner could

Bestow on one condemned to die

As though I was the architect of my own fortunes

Or lack of it

Then silence. Not up there; around here

“Drink this! Bath with this!”

“Rub this on the land of the sun never shines! My fee shall be five thousand and not a kobo less”

I parted my stench filled mouth in an effort of appreciation

“Th..thank..”

“There shall be no haggling!” the fellow bellows

Dare I?

It’s been three days since I last felt the taste of my mouth

The yam has lost its sweetness,

The wine, its appeal

No missus reaches a tender hand to sooth

The dreadful ache tearing at my weary bones

I am lacking in wealth

Plentiful in ill health

With bounteous bad luck

I’ve had a pain-filled life and now,

The respite I’ve long sought after will be mine

I’ve done the needful..like a man.

Beeni, I..Akanni, shall be said to have been a man

An abandoned man, a sick man

Pain sears in

Tearing at my insides and my gut. Pounding.

The pounding of a thousand housewives – sweat drenched.

I close my eyes

Welcome, the reaper!

Cloak clad, scythe wielding

There’s humming in my ears.

Rhythmically rising above the pounding

There’s a parade in the streets-

“My belle o..”

“My head o..”

This is a wake-up call for the society in general to be more sensitive and make an effort to care for the sick and weak among us.

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PenAStory is a group of young individuals with a passion for literature who have decided to come together to write under one platform. We seek to educate, inform as well as entertain our readers. Also, because we are targeting young literature lovers, we would like to touch on other interests of their lives hence the relationship category and because we all need a bit of motivation in our lives, we decided inspiration won't be so bad
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