The Freedom Of Her Absence

"God damn it!" I cursed as I bounced away in the freedom of her absence, missing greatly the bondage of her presence.

This morning, I partially woke up around 10:48 AM, retaining some early morning rolls on my bed while thinking about the day ahead. What was I having for breakfast? I asked myself, looking at the beverage shelf suspended on the wall opposite where my bed was laid: my focus steadied on the Quaker oats can beside a blue one I couldn't see clearly from the bed, though I was certain it was the milk's and not sugar, because I always made sure to line them up in an extended file, from the right to the left in their order of importance; they stood still, side by side like soldiers on sentry in the uppermost glass section of the shelf.

Still lazying on the bed, it suddenly occurred to me that I had finished the last grist of oats in that can about two days ago, so it was just an empty and worthless soldier standing up there. I jumped out of my bed with an epileptical flush of warmth, and life-like someone overtaken by a legion of spirits: I did a rushy teeth brush, hurried into my autographed baseball shorts; Adesanya Israel had gifted me when we had met in a sport's club in Victoria Island, Lagos; with a matching polo shirt, I stepped into the streets, and started out seamlessly to Kenyatta market to get a new dark purple can. 

With my arms suspended openly by my sides like I was indeed the latest UFC Champion, I bounced like a spoilt brat on a pair of new trainers: tricycles kept on horning, screeching, and speeding as their riders rained insults on me, "Onye Ara, o bu mpa gi nwe okporo a?" A question with sarcastic intentions to know if my father had built the road. 'Weytin concern me?' I said aloud to myself even though the bustle of the streets drowned my voice as I jounced on inflatedly. "If you get mind, brush me," I cursed loudly at the last rider who almost brushed me. 

Still, in my vibe, a lady with a low haircut called my attention from a red container she used as a provision store. "Chiido!" "Mummy Muna. Good morning ma." I greeted, slowing to a halt. "How far, na?" She said. "A nokwa m ya," I replied in my native tongue. "Onyinye kwanu?" She asked me. Then. I remembered that some weeks ago, I had walked this same road with my girlfriend 'Onyi,' and she kept dragging and pulling me away from those fleeing rough tricycles as she worried and complained that I was walking rigidly and that those rough riders might hit me. ''Chiido oh! I don't want to be a widow now,'' I remembered her lamenting unseriously as she tugged at my muscular right arm, expanded from the regular routine of dumbbell lifting while looking up into my subdued eyes in a lowered head.

I laughed merrily and asked why she worried about what those riders could do to me, not considering what I could also do to them in return. The beautiful thought of her made me smile bitterly as I felt a spasm in my lower abdomen; suddenly, my soul shuddered with pain as I knew I might never walk that same road with her again. 'God damn it!' I cursed as I bounced away in the freedom of her absence, missing the bondage of her presence greatly.

4
191
View all 4 likes
support@nairapen.com
+14047026965
.

Create An Ad Like Th...

Give your skills and business more visibility with NairaPen Ads. We'll...

View details
Dr Abiodun Anifow...

More from Ekwebelem Chidiebe...

The Tale Of Yams

The Tale of Yams is a poetic allegory of how a farmer sacrificed the people for yams that...

1655632049.jpg
Ekwebelem Chidieb...
1 year ago

My Friend Is Wise

My friend is wise: Poem about a friend who gives advice he himself wouldn't take...

1655632049.jpg
Ekwebelem Chidieb...
2 years ago

Eerie Reverie

I should have called it a dream, but what about the bruises and scratches left on my feet...

1655632049.jpg
Ekwebelem Chidieb...
2 years ago

You may also like

You Just May Need An Upda...

Life is always prompting us to do updates... An update of what? You ask - A beautiful ques...

1655220650.jpg
Akpobasa Julius A
1 year ago

The Sage

Your Achievements could be holding you back...If we're obsessed with the joy we get from o...

1651010141.jpg
Chris Alih
1 year ago

Seafarers At The Core Of...

The write-up is on the essence of seafarers to the shipping future.

1653503445.jpeg
Esther Solomon Ja...
2 years ago

Addiction

Addiction is NOT a lack of willpower or a moral failing. It’s compulsive, out-of-control f...

1653713621.jpg
Precious Nwaeze
2 years ago

What's Happening To Their...

This comedy unveils the multifaceted nature of some girls on social media. There is a chas...

1649502975.jpg
Emmanuel Adindu
2 years ago
Comments (0)

There are currently no comments for this article. Be the first to comment.

Support this Writer
Secured Payment in Dollars

$