Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Man










By Felix Brambaifa

The heavens now dark
Must cast her brow below
Her intent so stern
Must judge even the shallow

For man is no longer innocent
The secrets of their hearts lay bare
Is same as the predilection of wild beasts
Whose hunger all must come to fear

As was once the character of ancient times
When ignorance called nature's growl barbaric
And the hinterlands made deity of natural things
Ascribing piety just because their will was then weak

Now be the time of mans own reign
And even the wild wonders at his cruelty
Wondering of what use is the gift of reasoning
If man's will be like beasts led only by instinct

Even the beast now must fear our existence
For such is the implication of man's dominance
To employ the savagery of brute force
And yet feign ignorance of divine ordinance

But for those things in contradiction to balance
Shall their roots be plucked off its foundation
Not for the reasons man desire power
But that all things from God can live in harmonisation

Not simply for the glory of the ultimate deity
but that he may actually come to true rest
Free from the pious rantings of the oppressed
Whose righteousness is like the troubles of a pest

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Ekadi Three












By Felix Brambaifa

She waited for them to come. Her anger was now like the beauty of the insane. Days had passed since her first attempt at bringing justice with her own hands. Ekadi was a good runner, it was easy admitting to that fact even though she hated the taste of it. There was a time she had felt her heart rejoice, she had pursued him towards an high fence designed not to be climbed over by anyone but then in surprising shock she saw Ekadi without any physical assistance do the unexpected with flawless ease. In retrospect she had come to agree that, day had been created to bless her efforts with frustration and disappointments. It was minutes after the unsuccessful pursuit, on her way back that she had fallen into the arms of a police van, her pockets had wraps of marijuana and for two weeks she had stayed in police custody while Ekadi rejoiced.
  But now she was back and Ekadi was still ignorant of it, the hunger to bleed his head was now like a righteous calling. Her return had been visited by the numerous rumors of how he had openly celebrated her shame. So now she waited, ready to show how a woman could actually make his life unpleasant.
  One of the boys had gone to his house, to make report of the unhealthy return. He had met the absence of his boss and immediately began his return trip with an insane speed.
    The happiness to run from a house too disturbing to endure because of Nfong had prompted the early morning flight and without planning for the unexpected he had gone ahead with his eyes closed.
  This time he was unlucky, this time he walked into her waiting arms and his legs stood transfixed for the reason of sudden fear. He was too close and any sudden move would put Ngozi on a swift offensive. Their eyes stayed on each other, waiting for the time when their legs would do their commands. Then she ran towards him with a devilish rage and from nowhere she brought out a short machete.
  The heartbeats in his chest congealed as fear came upon him like cold sent from the arctic. But then he moved his hand to the ground and in great desperation gave a great swipe.
  He had embraced the initiative the very instant his eyes fell on a discarded baton very close within reach. She came towards him already feeling triumphant, expecting not even the least attempt at defense but as they say surprise was never a thing to be expected. He flogged her hand; the machete fell as she slowly absorbed the pains, he took flight.
  She had seen his hand move but at that instant her speed became her mistake, the reason Ekadi had once again escaped her fury. She nursed her injured hand, her mind boiling by the seconds and it was then she knew the line had been drawn by her pains and the time for real barbarity had come.

  He had been wise situating his business far from his house. But he knew only foolishness was to be held responsible for falling into the trouble Ngozi would violently turn into a funeral dance. She was like the Mother of the area urchins combined; they respected her and went on errands like pigeons begging to fly into their freedom, Messages that sometimes sent people to hospital beds and others packing. All she had to do was say the words and the name on the list would start asking for God.
  He had attacked in self defense and this was trouble, no explanation or pleading would erase the punishment looming in the dark and this he was sure of. He was now a finished man and like one trying to live his new status he walked his various paths with a certain sluggishness as if to attract pity. The workshop was his everything but because of the need to pay for a certain disaster manifested from Nfong’s troubles which at that time had seemed more important he had gone ahead and not knowing what the future had in store had brought a more serious trouble on his head.
  He heard the familiar shout that was the everyday mood of the compound as he entered. Again he met the land lord who would not waste time on emphasizing his belief.
  “I swear on my old age, that woman will dig your grave even before you are ready to go”

  With his eyes he searched her out from among the crowd and his heart quaked in pains while his head grumbled in disapproval at his greatest mistake




Thursday, 17 October 2013

Ekadi Two










Felix Brambaifa


The compound had never seen peace nor would ever understand the benefits it could bring. Every day was with its own troubles; troubles always caused by women, women too hungry to bring them into being.
  Ever since Ekadi had seen the need to become tenant in this compound and actually taken the step, his wife Nfong had since then become the strong force in the fore front of the various chaos. She was the Goliath in the colony of Titans but since only a David could do the eventual damage she had continued to live despite the strong female bullies the compound had on parade.
  Trouble was again at the threshold of the compound and Nfong was to be held responsible for it, the reason for the recent madness was far from been a deliberate one but rather from a permissible mistake that should have been ignored. The poor girl like everyone else in the compound knew Nfong had a madness that only trouble could appease and was frightened when tiny drops of water had fell from the bucket on her head, finding their way to the door front of Nfong.
She heard the splash, like a trained maniac she rushed outside and without any words to call the girl to order had descended on the poor thing with bitterness. The beating was beyond the normal measures suitable for a little child. Her crying called out for her own mother and the two adult sharing the same pot of bitterness showed strength.
  That was how the fight had started and minutes later Nfong had once again inflicted a terrible injury on her neighbor. This was the routine; this was why Ekadi was never free from debts and the purging habit of spending money meant for the furniture’s of his customers. He worked to make money; while her efforts were to invent troubles, so unavailable resources could be spent on them.
  He heard the sporadic shouts; they were all gathered at the backyard of the compound. The women were real noise makers as usual, each eager to oppress the other with their combusting voices. But on top of all the voices stayed the one voice his life had come to fear and like all great mistakes, regret. He heard his wife boast that she was strong and ready to prove herself, ready to break the heads of those who would not respect her. He felt oppressed; he felt the burden of a man who had come to realize that peace would forever stay far from his house because of the woman he had made his wife.
   He was still there in his thoughts when he heard the noise from behind, he turned around and there was his landlord. Their eyes met and the landlord started an eruption of mocking laughter’s, his face blessed with a resemblance that favored that of a bald monkey.
  “You haven’t seen anything yet” He said “She is your downfall”
  He sighed in his displeasure as he moved to the outside entrance of the compound, he had never liked Nfong and it was to his great annoyance to see Ekadi suffer in the hands of a woman who was never in want of peace, a pain felt by Ekadi as he entered his one room apartment.
  He was furious, the list of recent debts was on the table and its content had almost made his head explode but somehow he had managed to maintain his sanity, controlling his anger. But it was not to last for long, for as soon as his eyes fell on the pot of soup which was his hope for dinner on the floor his body became the growl of a furious beast as he shouted “Nfong” repeatedly.
  Her face bore the usual disdain felt for her husband as she entered. He was poor and her respect and full loyalty had always feared his quarters. She moved like a pregnant woman, slow and deliberate was her motion and worse the silent insult as she asked. “What can I do for you?”
  “What happened to the pot of soup?” He snarled, in obvious irritation and anger.
  He had seen the content of the pot, that was before Nfong had come asking for money to make her hair, he had refused her request and the workshop calling out quickened his footsteps before she could create trouble he was in no way ready for. But now like a wicked miracle a pot that would have served for two more days was now among the dirty dishes begging to be washed.
  “You would not give me money for my hair so I sold the soup. But still the money is not enough. I think I would have to sell the remaining fresh rice so I can look beautiful for my husband” She said with her lips twisted in that manner meant to insult in a silent buy wicked way.

  His hands were fast, his breathe heavy and his full anger fell heavily on her. His fist did damage for every disrespect she had poured on him, the debts he must now pay for and the danger that might soon befall him if Ngozi should ever succeed with her nefarious plans and most importantly for playing with his appetite.