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(For Ojiugo Onyeukwu, for that lecture on Ratiology)

I warred with a terrorist for ages.
Dreadful of home even after meeting a sage.
I trembled with each appearance of night.
Each layer of darkness dimmed my light.
I knew he was hiding close to my bed.
If only I could fly like a bird.

I couldn’t let it out,
My half eaten fingers and toes,
The fanning by the caterpillar as he chews
The nightmare, fever, prayers.
I even spoke in tongues
The socks and gloves I wear to wade off the attacks.

I later told Mama.
She shed droplets of pure tears.
It’s a small rat, I cried.
Small rats are deadlier than big rats, she sobbed.
Don’t worry I know the language it hears.
I shall order a Rat Bible for it.

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Mothers are truly supreme.
My goliath has been crippled.
My David is small but mighty.
Mr small rat is in genesis,
Screaming and vomiting all he’d swallowed,
But I wait for him in revelation.
So even rats read the bible

 

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Post image by Andrew Seaman via flickr.

Portrait - DarlingtonAnuonye Chibueze Darlington is a Nigerian writer with an undying passion for fiction and poetry. He’s currently in his final year at Imo State University where he is studying for a degree in English. He had just completed his debut novel, awaiting publication.