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Segilola’s Tale

 

 

Saucy as a shrew, naughty like that.

From catacombs to every crevice,

wares well sold. Segilola beautiful damsel.

Igba nla dogi, iyalaya any bagger*

I will walk my talk, my talk is my work.

 

 

Something supple, rolling like that.

A matching army, of it own accord

Controlled by no sergeant major; and

like a piped piper, puppets are drawn,

to nectar so sweet, yet so sour.

 

 

Segilola, scourge of many frowning wives

Envied object of many a putative damsel.

Loathe or love her, your senses ruled.

Pine or lust for her, your senses dulled.

What to do with this Segilola?

 

 

Segilolas aplenty at every ojude-Oba*

surplus at those privileged polo games.

Massed at the Argungu fishing fiesta*

Well dotted at each Ofala celebration*

Every where you turn, there’s a Segilola.

 

 

Glossary.

 

*Igba nla dogi, iyalaya any bagger – Expletive indicate of ‘who cares’

*ojude-Oba – age grade festival in Ijebu land.

*Argungu fishing fiesta – a fishing gala in Sokoto

*Ofala celebration – rites of renewal for a King in some parts of Eastern Nigeria

 

© 7th November 2016. Adewale Adeniji.

What Goes Round ….

That chief, fortunate bagger, he be.

Ligali marries two women at once!

Alas, he neither of them loves … but

the King has decreed it, coloured as ‘favour’.

She whom he truly adores, his eleyinjuege*

this aponbepore* for who, day and night, he pines, 

Another’s love captive be!

Who says life cannot a shrew be?

Recompense for his progenitor’s sin.

Tale told of his grand daddy, a chieftain

who for power sake, two women slay,

on the road to the market place;

frenzied to show his might as Balogun*.

Got away with murder, he did, but the women’s kin, 

Aworo, the diviner, noted for vengeance, 

swore Balogun’s generations will love in vain!

Who says life’s not Karma? Two generations 

hence, Kigali, Abese Oba*, dogs

the Oba’s every movement, even as

Royalty visits his harem, where he swoons

on the favours of she who Abese adores.

Of a truth, Abese must egg the Oba on:

“Well done sire, grind harder!”

What goes round does come round.

Glossary:
* eleyinjuege – Beautiful doe eyes

* aponbepore – Light complexioned beauty

* Balogun – Head of King’s Army

* Abese Oba – Chief that accompanies the King on all missions
© 26th September 2016. Adewale Adeniji.