Monday, August 3, 2015

Ayoola Goodyness Olanrewaju writes


Did you remember?
When we met in a wintered December
My ears tingled on your little secret
Slithering proudly in your tongued secrete…

You lipped a voice like an angel
‘I don’t eat fish’…with a gaudy swell
 I coughed--muffled a bursting smile
As you wore a look in a mermaid’s style.

We went for the hunt for mince pie
Two or three we did buy…
The monger told us it was fish baked
You said as long it was not fish staked.

We removed the debris of fish
And I sensed your hungry wish
You munched with a sweetened gnash
And puked nothing in the waiting trash.

I told you of my concocted fish stew
Served some and the fish I withdrew
But not without the fleshy tears and torn
Of coward fish in the scoop and turn.

On sweaty palms, you ate the redeemed grains
Warped neatly from the steaming pains
And tongue-lashed the plate a clean slate
I sighted a stew-spilled veil tied to your tiny waist.

I have begged the troubled thought till now
Of the question of how, the how and how …
You hate the fish and not the flavour
And on the stew you feigned not the savour.

I just told your known truth
And suddenly you lost your talent of Ruth
And today that I cooked fish
You munched your rice with a stewless dish.

I see your eyes bloom a pitied sight
And your hands wearied like a starless night
I whistle more fish from the cooling box
In your wan grin, I see a fooling fox…

1 comment:

  1. Despite her mother-in-law's heartfelt entreaties, Ruth refused to leave her, saying, "Entreat me not to leave thee, [or] to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people [shall be] my people, and thy God my God." However, only the first part of Ruth's speech is commonly referenced, as in the 1954 song by Guy Singer recorded by Perry Como. The words are often spoken at weddings, as a token of loyal devotion,and except for devout readers of the Bible few people realize they were spoken by one woman to another. However, an openly lesbian interpretation began to emerge in 1937, with Helen Anderson's novel PITY FOR WOMEN, and Marsha Stevens used the passage as the basis for her song, "Wherever You Go," written to celebrate her marriage to Cindy Pino,


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