Ada lifted her bag off the floor and lay it horizontally across her thighs, uncaged by her micro mini skirt. She extracted Tony’s poems now from the bag, which action had been earlier interrupted by the conductor, the look in whose eyes she was trying to push out of her mind.
They were six long sheets, on each one poem. If only he had a job or something, a steady, paying job, she would appreciate his poetry even more. She sighed. No, that wasn’t true. She appreciated and loved him and his anyway.
Her eyes, with part-reluctance, part-eagerness, settled on the first sheet of paper. She read the title and reflected on it… Dance Again. Then she was drawn again into the fluidity of Tony’s poetic philosophy. It had been a long time since she last read any of his poems, and deliberately so… but now she began to peruse:…
Very slowly change
Soil becomes hard,
Lose the ability to change
Where we stopped
Slide into oblivion, proudly
You and I, know it, lost it
Youth of today
Take it, purely purely
Dive not into pools of rot
Spoil not the young
Soil not the truth
When did we become rigid
Forget how to dance dance
Our world has played a nasty trick on us
Tenderly, self, dance again
That inner dance
Forever stills us.
Ada smiled and sighed and saw again her brother’s heart and mind. Who he was. This was Tony. Forever still you. Suddenly it seemed to her as if she had just reunited with him after a long, much too long, separation. How could it have happened? When has they parted?
Then she lowered her eyes again, and read further, to know him all over again, her brother – Young.
Heaven-born come the young
Happy, simple, free, humble, strong
Hearts full of wisdom
Naïve, ready to establish some perfect kingdom
We were young
Never faltering, ever wandering with dream
If the young shall rise anew
Then learn again to yearn, in deeds true.
She did not notice the woman sitting behind her, watching her intensely the whole time. Some people, they say, feel stares on the backs of the head. Ada was one such person, but not today. The poems had taken her away.
Behind her sat this woman, however, looking at her with a shocked question in her eyes, willing her to turn around. And when she didn’t, the strange woman put her face briefly in her hands and wondered what to do. Ada was the last person she expected to see on this bus. She knew Ada, but Ada did not know her. She took long deep breaths to steady herself, and wondered what to do…
Continued in Part Four.
– Che Chidi Chukwumerije.
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