David Aoloch Bion

Rookie (1976 / Republic of South Sudan)

As Happy As Akur Ajokenn - Poem by David Aoloch Bion

At night in 1929, an unknown assailant
Entered church compound at Malek
Speared a spear into British missionary
Mosquito net and escaped
He slightly hurt missionary at arm

A spear was taken to Bor market by policeman
In civilian clothes shown it to people in cunning
‘’ whose spear is this, we found it on bathing beach at river Nile’’ policeman asked
‘’ it’s my brother in law spear’’ Chol claimed it
Here mistake of identity occurred
‘’ who’s your brother in law’’
‘’Lual Buol’’
Lual Buol was son of woman called
Akur Ajokenn
Policeman went and arrested Lual
When he denied spear,
Authorities never listened
But took to prison in Bor
When Akur came to see him
She never found him in prison
And prison officer told that
Lual was taken to Malakal
Akur came to Malakal
She never found him there
She went to Sudan big, last and notorious
Kober prison in Khatoum
She never found him
Akur wailed, mourned and believed her
Son was hanged in prison
By British imperial police
And returned to Bor
She held last funeral rite for him
After three years, wife was married
For him according to culture by his

In reality, Lual was hanged or dead as
Thought by his mother
Lual was tried in Bor and
Sentenced to 20 years in prison
With hard labour for attempt murder
And taken to serve his jail term on
Salt mine in Port Sudan salt mine
When jail terms finished
Lual in prison after 20 years
Lual boarded ship and arrived at Bor
When his mother Akur Ajoken saw him
She cried, cried …. cried for joys
She sang
She danced
She ran
She ululated
She jumped
Until down dead of happiness
‘’ Akur Ajokenn happiness’’
‘’ why your like Akur Ajokenn’’
‘’as happy as Akur Ajokenn’’

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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