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You Cannot Die Here

September 12, 2017

I know you don't expect me here. 

At fourteen I had lost four teeth, 

then that accident where i lost my spirit, 

and the only one who could be my wife. 

so now at thirty, why am I still with my life? 

I know you don't expect me here, 

I'm even shocked, myself.. 

I tried, but was told "you cannot die here" 

I'm one project death keep passing forward. 

If the witches are not on recess, they have had enough. 

So I had to go somewhere else. 

I went to the creeks, but the chiefs could not agree. 

The capons said, when my mouth is open, 

I look like a smile. 

So I went where smiles were needed. 

And they said I was ugly..That I had lost four teeth...As if I did not know. 

And then they added, "you cannot die here" 

Death would not come, so I planned to visit, 

But they all warned me. 

That in life I was ugly, in death I would be worse. 

"but if you must, you cannot die here" 

And then I thought of sambisa, but was told.. 

That the forest has moved.. 

So I managed living, because death was out of reach. 

I know you don't expect me here, 

But I had been there and everywhere else. 

I had been opium to the ugly, 

Sharing hope as if, I was running for president. 

But whenever I tried, I would be told. 

"you cannot die here" 

They all Feared I would be a ghost.. 

Or worse still, an ancestor…

And none wanted an ugly ancestor. 

Then came the recession... 

I know you didn't expect it here. 

many are leaving; they cannot live here. 

Others chose death , the visa is easier... 

And these smiling left-overs: 

the side-effect of too much hope; 

the eternally smiling skulls... 

Very dead, yet very happy. 

But my case is different,

My share is not fair. 

For I cannot leave, I cannot live, 

and I cannot die here... 


Samson Abanni, Poet

© samson abanni

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