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Poetry Friday Line 4: AMIDST THE GOSSIPS

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Poetry Friday Line 4: AMIDST THE GOSSIPS

By Ikise Atabang

AMIDST THE GOSSIPS
One talks, another replies
And the only thing I can hear is my name
I force myself not to listen to them

Yet still, the wind keeps blowing their air into my auditory organ.
I put my face to the ground wishing never to lift it up again
I know them very well
That sound must be coming from them.

I am amidst the gossips! 

A fellow comes around
“Ikise, I heard your name somewhere while passing.”
‘My name?’ I ask pretending not knowing
“Yes, do you mind if I put you through?”
‘Yes, don’t bother yourself.’ I reject his news
“Why?”
‘The wind has my back!’
“What exactly do you mean?”
‘The wind is the only being I trust,
He’ll always leave it undiluted to my sensories.
For even you, you’re not neutral’
I am amidst the gossips!

They talk in the day
But at night, one of them knocks at my post
“Hey, where have you been?”
‘I’ve been around!’ I answer carelessly
“I heard a news about you, is it true?”
‘News? About me? What exactly did you hear?’
“Can we go into your house?”
‘No please, it’s late already; I’ll have us talk some other day.’
“OK then. I just thought it’d be good to alert you!”
I know he’s only coming to gossip his fellow gossip with me.
I am amidst the gossips!

One brings up the topic
Another expatiates it
And others join.
But how do they do it?
 How come all of them are familiar with the newly brought up topic?
Indeed, I see smartness wasted in the court of the gossips
Intelligence abused in their midst
Talents forever undeveloped
Destiny till the end remains undiscovered
And my area keeps lamenting
For we have more wasted brains than the useful
Every here and there, you hear them
They are good for nothing.
I am amidst the gossips!

IKISE ATABANG

DEDICATED TO MY LIFE FRIEND, EYEFON SUNDAY.

NOT SO TRUE
By Teri

Death is beautiful,
I know.
But it’s better when she sneaks up on you.
You ruin everything for everyone.
When you snatch
Death’s opportunity to surprise you.

Life’s unfair
We all know.
There is a reason why he is.
He made a deal with death.
A soul for a soul.
Now you steal death’s turn.
And she has to have two turns.
And then you say life’s unfair.
And death’s a thief.
You know now I think of it.
I think life is fair.
And death?
She only just does her job.
But people?
People aren’t.
They kill, steal and destroy everything they say they can’t live without
And everyone they’d die for.
It is not so true!

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