Eulogies

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“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth


A guest post by abassajayi


I just saw you few minutes ago 
We smiled and promised to see each other again 
We hugged, shook hands 
Tears dropped from your eyes as you said good bye
Brothers in arms and pals for life 
You pick your bags and left 
A stray bullet was all it took

Am sorry mum I wasn’t a good son
I have been away for years 
I never called for a second 
Your prayers were answered 
I got wealth, but you never enjoyed it 
I was far detached, like a placenta after delivery, you became almost absent 
I’m sorry I wasn’t there when the doctor made the pronouncement
I’m sorry, you couldn’t afford the treatment 
I’m sorry I’m too late


Your tears melted me as I stared at your face 
Blood gushing out of your abdomen 
You held on tight 
Holding me for support like you couldn’t let me go 
Minutes ago We were holding hands 
Love birds in throes of ecstasy 
Minutes ago, I promised to be yours forever
Loving you like death was no barrier 
Minutes ago he drove headlong into you Loving you, with tears in my eyes 
Here by the roadside we lay, I stare into your fixed and dilated pupils 
Like a breath you left

I don’t even know you 
We met a few hours ago 
I was admitted for my usual asthmatic attack
You smiled as the orderly helped me onto my bed 
You were all chatty like all was well 
We got lost gisting like old friends 
Shared memories of politics and events Argued sports and religion 
I never asked why you were here, neither did you ask me 
I didn’t notice the paleness of your face, the leaness of your body or the absence of hair on your body 
I didn’t notice the cytotoxic infusion entering your body as we chatted 
I only cared about my reversible asthmatic attack and the companionship you offered 
I woke up in the wee hours to say my prayers then I heard the cries and sobs

Like a breath they go 
Here one minute 
Gone the other 
Like candles 
Ticking seconds 
Everyone has a moment 
Till we meet again
I just saw you few minutes ago 
We smiled and promised to see each other again 
We hugged, shook hands 
Tears dropped from your eyes as you said good bye
Brothers in arms and pals for life 
You pick your bags and left 
A stray bullet was all it took

Am sorry mum I wasn’t a good son
I have been away for years 
I never called for a second 
Your prayers were answered 
I got wealth, but you never enjoyed it 
I was far detached, like a placenta after delivery, you became almost absent 
I’m sorry I wasn’t there when the doctor made the pronouncement
I’m sorry, you couldn’t afford the treatment 
I’m sorry I’m too late

Your tears melted me as I stared at your face 
Blood gushing out of your abdomen 
You held on tight 
Holding me for support like you couldn’t let me go 
Minutes ago We were holding hands 
Love birds in throes of ecstasy 
Minutes ago, I promised to be yours forever
Loving you like death was no barrier 
Minutes ago he drove headlong into you Loving you, with tears in my eyes 
Here by the roadside we lay, I stare into your fixed and dilated pupils 
Like a breath you left

I don’t even know you 
We met a few hours ago 
I was admitted for my usual asthmatic attack
You smiled as the orderly helped me onto my bed 
You were all chatty like all was well 
We got lost gisting like old friends 
Shared memories of politics and events Argued sports and religion 
I never asked why you were here, neither did you ask me 
I didn’t notice the paleness of your face, the leaness of your body or the absence of hair on your body 
I didn’t notice the cytotoxic infusion entering your body as we chatted 
I only cared about my reversible asthmatic attack and the companionship you offered 
I woke up in the wee hours to say my prayers then I heard the cries and sobs

Like a breath they go 
Here one minute 
Gone the other 
Like candles 
Ticking seconds 
Everyone has a moment 
Till we meet again

©abassajayi

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