#38. Fare thee well, sister!
Day 22. NaPoWriMo- Celebrate Poetry, All Month Long!
Poem: Fare thee well, sister!
(In loving memory of OluwaTosin Adepegba, RIP)
Memories of youth adorned in her innocence
Juxtaposed with a jarring reality that makes no sense
Lost in childhood dreams, we recall images so familiar
Of visions and scents of Zinnia and Bougainvillea
Colours of spring, rains of laughter and pain now merge
As we gather in mourning and compose a heartfelt dirge
Fare thee well dear sister, fare thee well friend
Fare thee well mother, fare thee well daughter
Fare thee well, ’tis really over, ’tis a bitter-sweet end
Your colours of life faded away with the coming of spring
You said goodbye on Easter day, as we danced to a risen King
The roads we once walked together, we now walk all alone
You who talked with angels and read the hidden languages
Of the stars and moons and the universe through all the ages
Could you not have pleaded with the angel of death, your life to spare?
So that we’d never have seen this day, by your graveside, in shock to stare
The irony, that a growth within your body, your life did rob
From the womb to return to the tomb, by way of a fibroid
So young, dear sister, so many unseen years yet unexplored
And we walk in memories, the images of our youth restored
We’ll remember you dear sister, dear friend
And as we adorn sack clothes, we see the light at the end
You are the butterfly, transforming into the heavenly realms
Joy and sorrow, twin-sisters, from each other never do part
Perhaps, you are among the chosen, those set aside, to fall not into sin
The young beautiful ones who go forth, ahead of us, to show the path
Of a glorious home, our paradise, often forgotten, often unseen
We’ll remember you, our dear friend, dear sister Tosin,
In the beautiful sights and scents of Zinnia and Bougainvillea
With the innocence of youth shared in a little town called Onitsha.
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