Bobo-Tunde was fished out of the lagoon yester-night
And Mama-Tunde wept and wept and wept
Here, she pointed, why did he not use this? At least the fishes would have spared his body
But Baba-Tunde was also staring at the looped rope, hanging un-used from the ceiling fan hook
And wondering why Bobo-Tunde opted instead for the lagoon death-dive.
Not only they: every other hands-on-the-head-in-disbelief wondered why Bobo-Tunde did it
And why he chose the lagoon flight path
Only Sista-Tunde, already reduced to tributaries of salt-water,
had the answer
In the black box, his brother’s suicide note
Tell, us, tell us, they ask her, tell us why he did it:
why this promising young man blew out the flames of his own sun before his day could call itself dawn.
Sista-Tunde harvested remnant words from her tongue
like grandma from her herder-ravaged farm
then cleared her throat:
It is not the cost of application forms
for government jobs already given out to the favoured…
O it is the plot, then..
The plot that kills faster than suicide:
the plot of the graph of the rise in the price of garri?
No, not the plot!
What is it then? the mourners demanded
Bobo-Tunde is not asking for heaven on earth
His note says simply
HAVE A HAPPY WORLD POETRY DAY
(If you can!)
or inbox me for your signed copy. Price remains N1.5k Within Port Harcourt and environs) or N2.5K within rest of Nigeria (via post). Book also available on Konga N3K ( hard copy); Amazon $4,75 soft copy, $10.99 (hard copy).
I must make a confession here: Imminent River might have stolen the show put up by the top – and not quite top – brass of Port Harcourt’s literati at my three-book presentation 3rd February 2020, but the book after my own heart is The Sea Route to Señorita’s Heart. The story of Belema, even outside her double life as Señorita, is one that moves even stone-me to tears. To think of her emotional ordeal at the hands of her husband, Mlame, the art-possessed paintbrush entrepreneur! And then to have to clean up your eyes so you can see your own daughter as a teen mum – so rendered by another vanishing artiste undone by his own penile restlessness.
Come on mate: this single tree does not make a VALENTINE’S DAY forest, but it won’t be for want of trying! Please forgive my self-promotion and enjoy the story.
For soft copies visit konga .com and Amazon.com and enter search for The Sea Route to Señorita’s Heart . For the good old hard copy visit any major bookshop in Nigeria, including:
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*The BookFair Trust and
* Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Lagos, office.
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Have a great year ahead.
No author’s note
No forewarning –
Just two short stories
For your reading pleasure
For one, I guess, you’ll be fine
For the other: my disclaimer
Should someone crack their ribs.
It was meant to be a seven-lobe kola offering
But 2020 was fast-forwarding schemes to leave me empty handed
Which was why I had to plead with Baba God –
I will not be at the cross-over night, tonight
But please, baba God,
Bear me still on eagle’s wings
Beyond where that one-night stand would have taken me
As I prepare the other lobes
Of the print edition
For the world to chew.
H A P P Y N E W Y E A R
A hungry poet is a dangerous adversary; he can write off the world
A hungry poet is dangerous; he can write off the world!
Here is your own palliative, oh Nigeria.