TOTEM (for Her Highness, Zaynab Otiti Obanor) II — By Balogun Yusuf Gemini



Then, the clash of the titans.. 
a power clash.
Or how would two souls,
stand upright in place of a soul ?

She is a woman -
she is magic herself -
for her bottom power speaks for her
and she is the common man -
who can lobby with the gods -
she stands in the quest,
of being a king
and being a natural genie.
But the Abobaku(s) are now scared of death,
no wonder a man fled into hiding some seasons back,
so he won't swim beyond the earth with a king -
that was once a king.
She is the King's wife
not Abobaku..
for even Abobaku o fe ku mo.

Who is a queen ?
Is it the woman that smooch the skin of the crown,
or that woman whose tongue cuts through the ear lobe -
of the feared deputy of the other world ?
Perhaps,
a queen is she -
who has dined in a calabash with the gods,
a queen is she -
who has tasted what the gods tasted,
a queen is she -
who has ventured to the other coven...
a queen is not just the she -
who roam in the four corners of aafin,
a queen is not the she -
who serve the king a free portion of her body,
when night falls.
For the king has concubines -
and choice wives.
The father has that son,
who is the apple of his eye -
the king has that woman,
who is the favorite amongst others -
perhaps,due to her exquisite beauty
or unrivalled wisdom.
When these physical gifts are gone,
she is just a common woman - 
never a Queen
but a choice wife..
aayo-oba.

And
the poor cry fifty times a day,
the tears of the rich are unquantified..
what happens behind the closed door,
I don't know -
you don't know..
we know what they want us to know,
and like the gullible we were thought to be,
we believed the cock and bull stories..
what happens behind closed door,
is more than meet the eyes.
cries..shouts..screams..fidgets..
that's what comes with -
royalty.
tears. blood.
that's what forms the water -
of royalty.
Royalty don't just die,
they are killed -
for spirits don't die,
we don't call it suicide -
it is a pass over.

Some bear the mysteries that linger in royalty -
because of wealths. inheritance. status.
Some can't just bear the mysteries -
for they might go blind.
And what law ordained that -
when a feet step out of the palace,
she can't roam freely on the popular world ? 
Even akudaaya roam freely.

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