Friday, September 11, 2015

Ayoola Goodyness Olanrewaju writes


Temper this speedy tread with ease...
Shall we pace piecemeal and peacefully?

It is but a wide wild world
Stitched to the hems of the gown
The tuxedo is a clothed responsibility.

I spit of ignorance this morning...
Shall we grow a little more with wisdom?

Tarry thus a little in this train
For our music must be music enough
Fit for happy feet in heavy nuptial moccasins.

Our bones are still strong to yoke…
Shall we wait and contract paralysis from love?

Suffer us to learn the skill of bravery
Our weakness strong to take the pains…
My love…to be sure I can die for you.

I see ahead meadows laden with survivals...
Shall we wait and wreak a whetted strength?

Let the rain drench us in time and space
If we could last the cold
And stand the scars of lightning cracks.

I am the weak of your weaker vessel
Shall we await the Raven's bread of valor?

Let this sudden surging rave of passion and nakedness
Budding and burning in the ambience of our hearts
Flee at our pristine decency and pride.

Undefiled, sealed, new … not habits…
Shall we meet as strangers and fear?

Let me snail in the years of our wait
And perhaps a mature melody sprouts
Abroad the rooted childish residue resides…

The residue rust of grey days and stains
Shall we wait for spring to wash and dry?

Let the purse smile the jokes of buoyancy
And the trap cage the fiscal rodent
For fat love survives only on spiced pots.

That we etch a love pure…not poor
Shall we thrive to catch a life?

The prune is in our Pilot
In simplicity and silence surrender
Lie to mutilate our indifferences.

And when ripened we become then
Shall we wed and lock?


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  2. Haninah, of the 2nd cenury, was one of the Tannaim, the Rabbinic sages whose religious views were recorded in the Mishnah, the first major written redaction of the Jewish oral traditions known as the "Oral Torah." At the time of Hadrian's anti-Jewish laws and their aftermath, he led a schismatic movement in Babylonia against the central authority of the Sanhedrin, the Jews' traditional religious court.

    In Jewish legend, he was taught the entire Torah and "all 70 languages" (the languages of the animals), as well as the medicinal uses of all the herbs and roots, by the son of Adam and Lilith. Some time later, a bird brought the king a strand of golden hair as long as the king was tall, and the king threatened to kill all of Israel unless he married the source of that hair. At the instigation of the jealous elders of Israel, who sought to seal the doom of the holy man, the king sent Haninah to get her. On the way Haninah gave all of his own bread to a hungry raven and a dog; then he gave all his money to some fishermen in exchange for a large fish, which he then returned to the water. The queen with the golden hair demanded two impossible favors before she would marry the king. The first was that Haninah bring to her jugs of water from Heaven and Hell. He tied the jugs to the wings of the raven he had fed. The raven singed its feathers in Hell, then flew to Heaven to fill the other jar and was healed. The the queen ordered Haninah find a jeweled ring she had lost in the ocean; the fish that Haninah had saved appealed to Leviathan, who summoned all the fish of the Great Sea and ordered its return. However, just as the ring was being disgorged on the shore, a boar swallowed it, but the dog Haninah had fed pursued the boar and ripped it to shreds, allowing Hananah to recover it.Thus Haninah took the queen to marry the king, only to be murdered by the elders. The queen resurrected him with the waters of Heaven, and the king, wanting to have the same miracle performed on himself, ordered a servant to kill him. The queen then poured the waters of Hell onto him, and the dead king turned into ashes and dust. Haninah then ascended to the throne and married the queen with the golden hair.


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