Better Days – Tydale Bassey Abigail
Down town in our farming village
We’d had hoes and machetes in agreeing cords;
All the paths and streams running to one only joint
Where the sun and the rain only talked to us in seasons.
Deep down in this farming village
Only yams in barns
And cassava in the straw sent greetings to visiting fellows.
Even the leaves by the wayside had calling voices to merchants from far away lands.
So then in this farming village
Every fish in our streams knew the taste of our vegetables.
Our soles were never hurt not with the sharpest thorns.
We made pretty friends with every rising bud.
Soon in this farming village
Our soil sent messages to every crop in our yards.
It often mentioned the albino who tempered on the once black heart.
This letter read that,he never smiled at the color of the planting man.
The following days in this farming village
Many had seen tears rolling down the cheeks of our tall palms.
Our wines were left for being fairly white
And almost every family begged to taste of that red blood the albino brought.
Here in this farming village
I watched how father cleared the plots we’d wanted to cultivate
That morning,the albino handed him those pounds.
That became a school during the next planting season.
I wept bitterly in this farming village
For no one knew the paths to the farms anymore.
The only stream I could remember
That same,became unhealthy for our health.
And after these days in our farming village
There’s been nothing to gain outside the fields I tilled.
The best hope mother shared with me last night
Was how our farms yielded bountifully after the albino left.
© Tydale Bassey Abigail
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