Farewell of pains - Olalekan Hussein
Mama has once been a vessel;
Traveling on my father's turbulence sea,
annihilated by an intractable hurricane.
Mama has also slept in a bed
Spread with bedsheet of iniquity
In my father's abode that's cemented with beach of wickedness.
Where saddened river gushed
Out of her naked eyes every night,
Like a dented plant that loses its buds.
My father became a man-at-arms,
Pounding my mother in a zambiza mortar,
While mother became a cattle;
Being reared in my father's bivouac of beatings.
I have now painted my gallery with mama's images,
Peering her forceful smiles after her isolation to another realm.
I think papa has forgotten death is never a town crier,
It could come tomorrow and fade him away like a melted candle.
Olalekan Hussein is a Nigerian writer who writes poetry, fiction, nonfiction and other genres. If Olalekan is not writing, obviously he's reading