A Tale Of Two Sisters: B Poem by Otega A

Otega A

Ughelli, Delta State

A Tale Of Two Sisters: B

Unwariness is but sinful;
It is a sardonic slave master, numb and cold;
All too blind to reality when canniness lurks in the air.
Akin these did Jenny cease her gaping chance
Upon a lousy morning tending the maiden fantasies of simple Jane.

Jane did call her much beloved kin upon the morning to profess;
"I crave a country life for a fortnight or two,
From the bars of affluence that choke me from my birth.
It should be a peasant one by the village side.
Just so as it has been in my spirited sentiments from my girlhood,
To savour the free scented air of the county's field
Caressing my lungs amid the humbleness of my native land
As it, verily, must have been in the meadows of your modest birth".

Thereafter, she called the decipherer of laws to her side,
At the deceitful counselling of her fostered kin.

Thus sayeth the decipherer of laws for her father,
Erstwhile seduced and endeared to the cunny fox;
"That the villagers and countrymen would know you not,
Less they worship your splendour and maim your needed fun;
That the merchants and banks would yet admit your father's name,
Less they bulge to rob your father's purse when you are not;
By my hand, confer on Jenny your kin,
The keeper and heir of all you have.
That your noble heart will admit much rest and joy by the country's side
Knowing all is but safe with your dearest kin,
Same who was proudly endeared to your father's heart".

Afterwards my beloved Jane soared to the village side
Breaking apart the bars of affluence that walled her all years long
And conferring on afore homeless Jenny by law,
The heiress of wealth beyond measure
On the spur of moment she recalled her father's voice beckoning;
"Wherefore, let's foster another of your age from the holy orphanage
That you will look upon her and call her your sister and kin
When tomorrow will come and I will be naught in my tomb".

Death is the stranger that knows the doorway of all men!
None, ugly or lovely, is any free of its sturdy grasp.
Then did it spread its wings in the sordid air
After the ascent of the new empress for the empire of rosy shine.
The inglorious attorney was first to die of it;
Filled with much tainted wine, sipped in with ephemeral bliss
Cuddled up in the bosom of his wily Delilah.

Afterwards, sayeth pecunious Jenny to herself;
"My feat is undone with disdainful Jane yet by the country's side;
She may come to ask me of her father's wealth".

Hereinafter, she made out the wiliest of her plots
To allot the devil's job to the lad, Javier;
Handsome and tall with a tighten chest,
Coloured brown as would be fancied by love-yearning Jane.

Thus were the details of the task for the handsome lad:
To bring careless Jane back home from her bided trip
Dead and laid in a musky casket for her interment.
Therein the lad is to make it seem as natural as it can be;
Only then he would have the priciest of being in her lady's heart.

Javier was to Jenny, erstwhile unknown;
Only espied down the bend of the broad way cruise
And adopted to labour for the price as is the clause.
Known to none, Javier is but the son of the slayed attorney
Who afore his demise,
Did admit his sin and fears of death to his only heir.

For the size of the price be so great thereof,
Javier thenceafter took to the country's side by the morning light
To put the end to the strife of the petty-minded Jane
Dancing freely beneath the moonlit bends of the village paths
Enchanting herself all days and nights into the hearts of the native peasants.

But fate is to all men indeterminate;
Regardless the designations of the choices they often make!
And thus did the arrow of death sent through the village paths
Neglect the bird it was aimed to kill;
Falling in love with innocent Jane as helplessly as he could ever have
Over the passing time trying to win his much allotted wage.

Upon an evening beneath the moonlight did he quiver in himself,
Snuggled up behind Jane; savouring her much allured sweetening scents.
Sobered with much regrets then and there,
Did Romeo fall to the feet of Juliet then and there;
Wailing for mercy;
Confessing himself, confessing the plot, confessing his father's sin;
Leaving credulous Jane lost with varied confusions and mounted pounder.

Of these did the robbed assassin proclaim;
"The scrolls penned binding in law by thee and thy bloated kin
Were all but doctored with factual proof to prove them so.
All were but made so by the slain attorney from guilt for his rancid sin".
Thus he handed the many scrolls of factual proof to Jane
Ere he made out to bade himself from her,
Yet heaving with much heavy remorse.

Jane did see much honesty in the repented heart;
Heart much more overfed with goodness and flowery love.
"Now, tarry there your wholesome soul I plead.
You dare not abandon me this unclad when I need you most;
Let your heart be promised to me as wholly
And true as all that you have proclaimed,
And I will then be yours as always as my breath would let",
Said Jane, blushed blue with joyful tears.

Then and there the honest lovers,
Like unfettered birds soared through heavy clouds to the rosy sun,
Took the scrolls of law to the magistrate's court, ere the higher courts.
And for such reasons,
Jenny was but sent to die by the hangman's hand
Adjudge so from numbered counts, all capped by her murder charge.

While Jenny is to die she professed;
"Man is the devil and love is the beauty.
Take heed that you know either yet birth different worlds.
Once, love looked upon me but I comprehended him not;
Now I die of it coz the devil I owned looked upon beauty
And confessed his longings for her sincerely.
And beauty espied my devil and comprehended him all".

Sunday, July 19, 2020
Topic(s) of this poem: story

Otega A

Ughelli, Delta State
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