Skip to main content

Poetry/Prose: Novelty

Sweat trickling down her brow
Skin pulsating as blood rushes through her veins
Fluorescent light overhead; blinding, but all she can do is stare
Somewhere in the distance, voices chattering
"Is she okay?" "Breathe" "It won't be long now"
This is what death must feel like.

Seconds later, in impressions of eternity
The pain slashes at her heart and her very core
That portion of her that none but few hath the pleasure of knowing
Angel of Death, pray come take me and end this misery
Huffing and puffing, if only she could blow that house down!

"Almost there" "Keep going" "Almost there"
Ah! If almost there, wouldn't she have arrived by now
A scream retches the air. Hers. From whence it came, she knoweth not
Blood rushing, skin pulsating and then searing pain
Correction, this is what HELL must feel like.

Plastic touching her brow, cold wet cloth offering little respite
Earth shattering. The very core of her hurled back and forth
In resistance to? Or rather in tune with?
Why me? What have I done to deserve this? You know I was ever faithful Lord.

Okay fine, maybe a white lie here and there, but this?
"Keep going" "Almost there" "Breathe"
"Shut up!!"
Thank you.

As suddenly, it all stops
Blood stream flowing lazily, breathing no longer labored
Calm, eerie calm.
Ah, this is what heaven must feel like

Another scream. 
Guess I spoke too soon
From whence cometh that...that...sound!
"You did it" "Beautiful" "Absolute Perfection"
Eyes open slightly as tired sigh escapes parched lips
Sudden weight in arms, head motions forward
Brown eyes barely open, pouting mouth twitching
The spitting image of his dad
Good Lord, this is what love must feel like.

Photo Source: Photo


  1. i just knew that was what it was....loved it

  2. Wow!!! Good job Jemi! I really really like it.

  3. Oh, this is so beautiful! I loved the last line, made me smile.

  4. @Carolle - :)

    @neefemi: smart woman!!!

    @Chisom: anything for u dearie ;)

    @Myne: The last line is my fave too :)

    @Enyonam: Glad you did :)


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Untold Stories of Ghana's Kayayo (Market Girls)

Thought I was done blogging for the day -- until I came across this BBC photo feature on Ghana's market girls or "kayayo". When I was back in Ghana, I would occasionally go to the Madina market in Accra with my mum and I remember seeing them every time. I often wondered why they weren't in school, why they were doing what they do and why they didn't bargain how much money was paid them. My mum would lament about their situations and each time she patronized their service she would ask them how come they were doing what they did. Unlike my mum, most patrons of the Kayayo's services are not as considerate and don't think twice about having them carry things twice their weight! This is a very sensitive topic to me, because the way I see it, a twist of fate, and I could have been one. I've been meaning to blog on this issue, but somehow it escaped me. Not about to let that opportunity slip by again. Alors, voila.

Here's a youtube slideshow (by the sam…

Lifestylz GH Interview: Sangu Delle

As part of Lifestylz GH’s interview series, we bring you our premier interview with Sangu Delle.

Profile: Sangu Delle
Sangu Delle is a senior at Harvard University. He was born and raised in Ghana, and is the youngest of five children in a bi-religious family (his father is Catholic while his mum is Muslim). He attended Christ the King Catholic School (CTK) and went on to study at the Ghana International School (GIS) until his O-Levels when he transferred to the Peddie School (a college preparatory school in NJ) on scholarship. His areas of concentration in academics are Economics and African studies, with a particular focus on development.

AspirationsTo be involved in the development of Ghana and Africa at large in some capacity. In the past, he was more involved in non-profit and development work, but has increasingly become active in entrepreneurial and business ventures; a testament to his belief that there should be “less foundations and more entrepreneurs” in Africa. In his own wor…

The Letter Writing Project: Unplanned (Student AGAIN!)

Ciao people! I'm blogging all the way from Bologna, Italy! Beautiful city, interesting experiences so far. This blog was written a couple of days ago and didn't get posted because I got quite self-conscious about what it was about (definitely NOT my grandest moment). But after some thought I decided to post it. I feel it's important to acknowledge both struggles and triumphs, especially if growth is the bottom line objective, and particularly since life does throw us a curve ball from time to time. Alors...I'd say enjoy...but given the subject matter, maybe "I hope this speaks to you in some way" is more appropriate? Here goes..
-- Unplanned
"It isn't what you did in the past that will affect the present. It's what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future." - Aleph (Paulo Coelho)
It’s been a week and a day since I arrived in Bologna land, which coincidentally, is the very reason why we have so many foods “Bo…