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Died in Ignorance

Updated on April 1, 2020
OGUNDARE OLUSEGUN profile image

I like adding life to lifeless lives that is why I cannot do without creative writing, because it is a way of touching some hopeless lives

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He was a stammer

Given birth to by

Poor parents. They lived

In abject poverty.


The abject poverty in

Which they live in

Could not allow the

Marriage to be sustained.


When he was ten

Going to eleven years

Of age, his parents

divorced themselves


His academics was paused

He was sent to

Live with his cousin

Who promised to take care of him


Contrary to expectations the

Cousin could not take

Care of him. For the

Cousin was also poor


And had wished things

Would change for family

But it did not change.

He was at a fix.


He could not endure

What he was passing

Through again and he

Left his cousin’s place


Taken his life in

His hands. Hoping to

Find God’s mercies somewhere,

Someday and somehow


He left for the

Biggest city in the

Land where they said

Opportunities abound to try his luck


He started sleeping in

Uncompleted buildings. There he

Met some people and

He joined their trade.


He became a vendor

Like they are. He

Started combining the work

With laborer to be freed


He hoped to break

The yoke of poverty

On him. What he

Was doing couldn’t change him


Then he wonders, how

People receive favor according

To the movies he

Used to watch. His reasoning


Was that those movies

Were the imaginations of

The “imaginers” they were

Not real as he had thought


For had they been

Real, he ought to have

Met with someone who

Would come to his aid


In this position was

He, couldn’t dream of

Marriage, because cannot feed

Himself, how would he be married


Met he with an

Old woman who has

Been disturbing her daughter

To get married


This woman’s daughter was

Learned an executive in

One of the establishments

In the land.


She on seeing him

Try to know more

About him for his

Character suggests he is humble


After finding out the

Needful about him, decides

To bring him and her

Daughter together peradventure she would like him


They developed affinity for

Each other and started

Seeing. While seeing the

Lady wants him educated


Promised to sponsor his

Education if could be

Married to him. They

Got married and things seem good


However, the man did

Not want his wife to

Sponsor him to school

Because of the cultural beliefs


That husband should be

Providing for the family

In his case he

Cannot for his family.


Friends talked to him

About this, that he

Should consider it miracle

Of God, that he had hoped for


Being married to educated

And blessed lady like

Her is a miracle

None among his peers was that favored


He would not yield

Had to leave home

Because it was bought

By his wife.


Still loved by his

Wife she was still

Sending money to him

To support his work


While not with his

Wife, he got infected

With salmonella thyphi and

Came down with symptoms of typhoid


Would not open up

To wife because he

Did not want to

Go to her for medical assistance


When the pain was

Becoming unbecoming for him

That was when he

Intimated his wife about


His condition. His wife

Rushed to his place

To see him but

It was too late


The damage has been

Done to his systems

Because the bacteria have

Perforated his intestines


Other systems have been

Compromised. He couldn’t stand

It. And would die

Few hours on the hospital bed.

© 2020 OLUSEGUN

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    • OGUNDARE OLUSEGUN profile imageAUTHOR

      OLUSEGUN 

      12 months ago from NIGERIA

      ok. Thanks. I got it.

    • Kyler J Falk profile image

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      Just to give you the converse situation, it is always safest to expand upon what you say but in shortening it out you could try replacing "Uhm" with "Hmm, interesting!"

      The semantics of the English language are extremely complex, often leading to great confusion even among native speakers, but there are always "safer" ways to express sentiments.

    • OGUNDARE OLUSEGUN profile imageAUTHOR

      OLUSEGUN 

      12 months ago from NIGERIA

      Wow! I appreciate this word of correction sir. It is not used negatively neither in the offensive manner in my culture. I am sorry, if I have injured your spirit by this.

      I now know how to use such for people in the advanced climes now. I am really grateful for pointing this out to me. It is well taken now. And would be used appropriately for people in advanced countries.

      Thanks. I appreciate sir.

    • Kyler J Falk profile image

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      Ah, perhaps it is a difference between our cultures. To lead in with "uhm" in my culture is a way to signal something was unwanted, uncomfortable, offensive, creepy, or otherwise generally off-putting.

      "Uhm, thanks." specifically, in my culture, is the equivalent of saying "Please stop talking and go away."

    • OGUNDARE OLUSEGUN profile imageAUTHOR

      OLUSEGUN 

      12 months ago from NIGERIA

      No sir, your comment was lifting, it was, is and will in no way be seen as offensive by anyone globally, not now, not ever. I said "uhm", to show your deep insight into the article.

    • Kyler J Falk profile image

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      Pardon me, but did my compliment offend or was I mistaken about the underlying meaning? I did not mean to be ignorant, nor did I mean to offend. Enlighten me if that is the case, please.

    • OGUNDARE OLUSEGUN profile imageAUTHOR

      OLUSEGUN 

      12 months ago from NIGERIA

      @Kyler J Falk uhm. Thanks.

    • Kyler J Falk profile image

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      Wow, what a painful tale of pride and stubbornness. Had he only dropped that pride, that stubbornness born of stern culture....

      Tragic story within these lines.

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