Tag: Death

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Oct 13

Heathens

My mother continued writhing on the floor while the pastor continued praying. The church was silent now except for the praying pastor and my wheezing mother. I couldn’t take it anymore. If it were up to the members of this church, she would be dead.

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The moment she showed up on my doorstep, I noticed something seemed off about Adaku I knew. This minute she appeared to be lost in deep, sad thoughts; then like one jolted back to reality, the next minute she was initiating endless random conversations in between forced laughter.

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The sharp ringing of the phone pierced the stillness of the night. Jared reached across the buxom female beside him, his fingers grazing her nipples before grabbing the phone vibrating on the night stand. She let out a slight moan before turning over, the navy blue quilt wrapped around her body shifting up, revealing a…

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The numbness I began to feel towards the other person, the times I knew I should reach out but didn’t, the times I left messages unread and unanswered, and the times I let trivial arguments become big deals that could no longer be hidden under carpets without bulging out. I only know of my wrongs, my contribution to the lifelessness that is now the bulk of my friendships.

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​This feels like a dream come true!! Felicia looked resplendent in her bright white wedding gown as she walked down the aisle. She paused for a second as she stared at his clean shaven face, the smile on her face widening, as she struggled not to let the tears destroy her beautiful make-up. I can’t…

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They sat under a tree. The leaves were falling. In another country they’d call it fall, but it was really just windy. Good windy, not the gusty type that got sand into your eyes; just that cool calm one that washed over a person’s face. The one that brought a strange type of hope with it.

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They don’t let you sleep. They come back every week to remind you that you took something that does not belong to you and made it yours. The last time you were in Bauchi you stayed in Shira. You were there to spend the holiday with your father’s oldest sister, Aunty Laraba. She was one of…

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You open your eyes and find yourself levitating past edifices, electrical wires and imposing masts. The flying birds halt and feed you quizzical looks, wondering what a wingless human is doing up so high. The sun’s glare is anodyne and its fiery gut spilled open to be feasted upon. The breeze caresses your skin, sweeps…

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Apr 27

The Witness

I stare at the men in uniform patrolling the living room, a sunken aura revolving around them. Alex’s body lay there lifeless, in an unattractive crimson pool. Her eyes staring into nothing and thoughts sauntering off the edge of the universe. There’s a bullet hole by the left side of her head and her body…

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Apr 14

Ramshidi

If only eyes couldn’t reveal what the heart felt, Ramshidi wept but her heart didn’t. Almost everyone watched her, as she boldly sat in front of the temple. A bead in her hand, a black veil worn around her head, revealing just her wet eyes. She had been late this time too, which was normal…

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Apr 13

These Words

I’ve waited so long for this day. For today when I will listen to you g-rh-h-on…” BOOM! A bullet plunged into my rib cage. Then I heard the gunshot. Bullets must travel at the speed of light. My chest burned. I reached for my pistol from under the pillow, clutched my chest with the other…

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Apr 6

Vapours

It was one of those dull evenings, when it seemed as though the sky wants to wet the earth with its tears. The moon was in its usual melancholic self. Outside, under a palm tree, whose leaves slapped each other in a playful manner, I found solace. I had met this dark poet the previous…

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Night wore on fast like a young man running to meet his lover by the streamside. I stood by the window of my second-storey room and looked out, into the sky above. ‘What’s up?’ The words vibrated in my mind and for the first time that day, I smiled. You stood at this spot the…