That Time

Your company was once pure
The soul of thy heart truly seeked me.
Under the hot sun barefooted you followed me.
You did not hide from me.
You could not lie to me.
Yet you did.
You received your desire, left me hanging.
I called you mine, I sent thee before me.
You have worked in vain.
Your cries unheard, your hearts seek the world.
I gave myself to you, sacrificed my heart to thee.
I choose you who rejected me.
I loved you who hated me.
What have ye become?
You crawl under your bed in the middle of the night.
You love he that could never love you.
He knows your worth, he knows your identity.
Yet he brings down your value.
Pain is the revelation that you’d choose him again if you had the chance.
When I remember how truly you seeked me.
Barefooted you walked on rocks with me.
There was a time you truly seeked me.

Paper

For many call me good.
Many call me just.
I am but written words.
Those who have access to me control me.
I pity the weak.
They long for me but what power have I?
Kingdoms are forsaken their lines abandoned.
Mercy is at stake, yet the world revolves.
Who will go before thee?
Who will fight for thee?
I am but words shapes with ink on paper.
How powerful can the moon be?
How worthy is a saint?
The plain wither, the strong fall for who can stand against me?
The foolish become wise thru me.
I wrap my arms around the unwanted.
I am nothing and yet all.

The Mystery In Between-Episode 6

Mali: Manuel what do you want?
Manuel: Mali, is this how you talk to me now?
Mali: well how else do you expect me to talk to the man who wants to sacrifice me?
Manuel: Mali, I love you I would do no such thing.
Mali: Then are you willing to break your tradition for me?
Manuel: Mali it has not come to this.
Mali: have a great life.
Manuel: Mali don’t go.

Mali walks away from the tree in the moonlight, she came to meet him hoping he had changed his mind but she was disappointed, the man was still willing to sacrifice her.
Manuel runs after her and holds onto her wrist.
Mali: let go
Manuel: Mali, please
Mali: let me go!
he releases her wrist but stays closer to her. Mali turns around to face Manuel.
Mali: why does it have to be me? why can’t you marry someone else and sacrifice them?
Manuel: it has to be someone I love and they love me, only this way will my marriage with the second woman I marry be blessed.

Mali: You are sick if you think I would die for you, so you could marry someone else.

Mali runs away this time, she could not believe the valor he possed. How dare he say that to her? Manuel watched as Mali ran away from him. Now he had to find another woman who would love him enough to die for him.

At Lola’s compound:

Mula: Thank you for the food.
Lola: ok
Mula: have you eaten?
Lola: can you not talk to me?
Mula: what did I do wrong now?
Lola: I don’t like you.
Mula: I know, now tell me did you eat?
Lola: no
Mula: why not? you must be hungry.
Lola: stop trying to care about me. it will never change my opinion of men.
Mula: and what opinion is that?
Lola: men disgust me.
Mula: why is that?

Before Lola could answer Mali enters into her compound and calls her name. Lola quickly gets up from the kitchen bench and goes to her friend.
Mali: Lola you will not believe what Manuel said to me.
Lola: not here, let’s go to your compound.

The two starts walking to Mali’s compound but Mula tries to stop Lola.
Mula: Lola where do you think you’re going?
Lola: get out of our way.
Mula: No.
Lola: Mula get out of my way.
Mula: no
Lola’s father walks out of the main house.
Lola’s father: What is going on here?

No one says a word to Lola’s father.
Lola’s father: Lola go to your room the moon is out already.

Lola: But father.
Lola’s father: Go.
Mali: I will tell you about what happened tomorrow. Bye for now.
Lola: bye.

Lola’s father walks out of the compound and goes out. Lola glares at Mula with such hatred he felt guilty for his actions.

Lola: I hate you, I hate you being here, I hate everything about you. All I wanted was to talk to my friend in peace but no you have to bring your unwelcomed opinion. What makes you think you can make decisions for me?

Mula was drowning in his guilt already but Lola was not ready to stop.

Lola: This is another reason I hate men, you think you’re on top of everything, Leave this house, ever since you came my life has been miserable, go find yourself another wife.

Mula: I’m sorry I did not know it would go this far.
Lola: No, you knew, this is what you wanted anyway.
Mula: Lola I’m sorry.
Lola: If you really mean it then leave this house and never come back.
Mula: You really despise me don’t you?
Lola: more than the word itself.

Lola walks to her room and shuts the door, she takes a short bench and other things and put them on the door in case Mula wants to enter at night.

Romans 10

Before reading this piece, I will admonish you first to take some time to read Romans, chapter 10, first on your own. So let’s establish some Biblical facts
[Vrs 4]. “For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given.[b] As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God[attain salvation]”. It did not say they are blessed, or have their prayers answered, etc. But to be right with God. Vrs 5 and 6b also says, “For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands.[c] 6 But faith’s way of getting right with God says,…” God’s way of making someone right in His sight requires obedience on our part [Vrs 6]. Through faith. The way to salvation is pretty simple, confess with your mouth, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.
Why is it so important to declare and believe in the resurrection, though, not to declare his supremacy, power, or that He is God. The Holy Spirit wants to make us understand that through the death of Jesus and most importantly His resurrection, he displays his supremacy, his power, and sovereignty all in one—so it is important to declare His Lordship in entirety. We get saved through the confession of our mouth that Christ resurrected from the dead, and we are made right with God by believing in our hearts for the same cause. [vrs 13] For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Again it reiterates the facts in verse 8 that we get saved through the confession of the mouth. Let us get it straight; believing in the heart comes first, then confessing the belief follows.
[vrs 14a] “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him?…” the second part also then admonishes we Christians and those called according to His purpose to be the reason why people believe and hears the good news about Jesus. [14b] “…And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” “And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?…” in other words, how do we know if we are the chosen and sent one or not? It is simple; we are all believers sent and are messengers of the good news about Christ. Since you are made right with God by believing in your heart and saved through your mouth’s confession, God has entreated you then to make disciples of him also. We ought not to keep the good news only to ourselves. God really becomes sad when we reject him, or others reject him through disobedience or rebellion or any other form. [Vrs 21] “All day long, I opened my arms to them, but they were disobedient and rebellious.”
The Lord’s arms are always wide open to anyone who believes in their heart and confesses with their mouth that He was raised from the dead(declaration of His supremacy). He is so near to save and make you right with Him. God loves you, and all day he opens His arms to you to welcome you into His Kingdom and what gives him a greater joy is when we lead others into the discipleship of Christ

The Mystery In Between Episode 5.

Lola groans as she was tired of walking and the farm was still far ahead. She decides to take a break under a tree with some shade.
Later notices Linda walking towards her so she gets up.
Lola: Linda
Linda: You’re going to the farm as well?
Lola: Yes, I must go fetch some food for the visitors.
Linda: The handsome man is still at your compound?

The two start walking towards the farm.
Lola: Yes.
Linda: if only he came to my compound. I would even let him be my tradition.
Lola: How can a man become your tradition?
Linda: I do not know, maybe it’s his handsomeness that stole my senses.
Lola: I can see that.

They both laugh and continue their walk towards the farm. As they keep walking they are approached by three male hunters who are returning from their farms. One of them is Manuel who is madly in love with Mali. Mali is from the Inkala tribe however Manuel is from the Zalua tribe. Mali’s parents do not want their daughter to be sacrificed so they have been rejecting Manuel’s proposal.

Lola: Manuel how are you doing?
Manuel: I am fine, how is Mali doing?
Lola: she is fine.
Manuel: can you tell her I want to see her?
Lola: You know that she is not allowed to see you.
Manuel: I know, Lola I can’t live without her. Please I need to see her, just tell her to pass by our usual place. If I could just see her face I will be satisfied.

Lola: Okay I will see what I can do.
Manuel: Thank you.

The three men continue their walk down the road back home. Lola and Linda continue their journey as well.
After a long walk, they finally reach the farms.
Lola: I will go to my farm now, see you later.
Linda: Yes.
They walk apart and the opposite of each other. Lola’s farm road was on the left while Linda was on the right.
Lola walks on the small road leading right into her farm, they passed many farms on their way yet Lola has never seen a farm as huge as that of Linda’s father. The farm was big enough to feed the whole village.

Linda: LOLA!!!!!
Linda runs away from the huge snake circled around the corn plant. Linda was unaware that her father had set it there to scare people off. This was another reason Linda had the attitude she had, her father was not poor at all.

Linda: LOLA!!!!!!
Lola: I’m over here!
Linda: Help!!!
She runs towards Lola and jumps onto her and holds on tightly. Lola is surprised and checks her surroundings for any danger.
Lola: Linda what is going on?
Linda: There is a snake right in front of my farm it has circled itself around the corn plant.
Lola: a snake Linda?
Lola was not bothered at all, she has killed many snakes on her farm. One time she was digging to sew seed and in the ground, she found a snake, it was going to attack her but she was fast to stab it. Snakes are a norm in farms.
Linda: yes a snake, a big one at that.
Lola: let’s go see.
Lola grabs a sharp tree branch after searching the edges of her farm. The two ladies walk to Linda’s farm and there was the snake circled around a corn plant. Linda stands behind Lola.
Lola took a good long look at the snake.
Lola: it will not bite you.
Linda: It will
Lola: No it will not, it is only there to make you fear.
Linda: how do you know that?
Lola: because my father had one before.
Linda: come with me then.
Lola: No, I can not, only you can.
Linda: but I am scared.
Lola: then don’t go in, come help me fetch food on my farm and I will give you a little to take home.
Linda: very well.

They go back to Lola’s farm. Linda helps Lola with pulling the cassava and yam. Once they had enough out the two stopped. Lola gives Linda some of the yam and cassava, they both put it into their own sack bags and carry them on their backs. The two girls start their journey back home.

Lola decides to pass by Mali’s compound before going to her own.
Mali: Lola is this food for me?
Lola: My father would chew me alive if I were to give this away.
Mali: I can tell.
Lola: Manuel said to meet him in your usual spot this evening.
Mali: you saw him? how is he doing? did he look fine? where did you see him?
Lola: he is fine calm down. We passed by him on our way to the farm.
Mali: We?
Lola: yes Linda and I.
Mali: since when did you two become friends?
Lola: we are not, we just happen to be going to the farm together.
Mali: that’s how we started.
Lola: don’t be jealous you’re my only best friend.
Mali: I know.
Lola: bye, I must go cook now.
Mali: thank you.
Lola: you are most welcome.

While entering her compound Lola noticed Mula eating a mango she guessed it came from the mango tree by the kitchen. She walks with the sack still on her back into the kitchen and finally sets it down. She stretches her back before sitting down on the small wooden chair by the fireplace.

Mula: The farm must be far.
Lola: ….
Mula: You must be tired.
Lola:…
Lola finds a nife and starts pilling some of the yams she brought back with her. She wanted to make sure to peel enough just for today and leave the rest for other days.

Mula: Are you not speaking to me? what kind of wife will you be? How can you not speak to your future husband?

Lola: When are you leaving? have you no work at home? Oh, wait, pardon me men don’t work do they?

Mula: correct men do not work.
Lola: leave my presence.
Mula: I will not.
Lola: then stay next to me like a dog.

Mula had the sudden urge to beat Lola up, he stomped towards her and wrapped his hands around her throat. Lola struggled to breathe but her eyes were brave as she stared deep into his soul.

Lola: Do it. All men do it. Be like them and prove yourself.

Mula: stop provoking me, your father and my father are not home right now. There is no one to hold me back so I suggest you stop provoking me.

Lola: or else what? you are not the first man to lay hands on me.
Mula: Then I shall be the last.

Mula surprises Lola by releasing his hand from her throat and stepping away from her.
Lola: what are you doing?
Mula: forgive me for putting my hands on you. It will never happen again I promise.
Lola: who are you?

The Ugly Bride

The ugly Bride
Her dress is torn and dipped in mud.
Her feet are bare, her legs are not covered.
The hair on her head falls out.
She drags herself as if crippled.
They run from her.
Even the children criticize her.
Who will accept such bride?
The elders of the town laugh at her.
For they say it is only a fool who could do such thing.
The women of the town call her crazy for she talks with no direction.
The clean bride do not mind her.
They stand in a group shining.
They look pure in the hot sun.
Yet the ugly bride stands on her own.
There is no one by her side, her tears are silent.
Her heart is far from purity.
She does not gave at the sun like the others.
She stares down, for who could accept such bride?

The Unknown

I know not who I am.
I am all that you see,
I am nothing you hear.
Thou ears open to silence.
I sob in the wilderness.
My voice cries out to those who hear not.
They are blind and deaf.
My throat cracks, my tongue dries in the Golden sun.
I know not who I am.
For my presence is unknown.
Those around me are filled with apathy.
They see me and believe there is more.
They hear me and believe.
For this reason I cry out in the wilderness.
For their ears are open to silence.

The Bride

She walks on gold,
Pearls are wrapped around her neck and waist.
Her fingers only wear diamonds.
She wears the most expensive silk.
Her perfume is custome made for her.
Her bare clavicle consumes the souls around her.
She walks with the confidence of the world.
The movement of her thighs corrupts the eyes that see it.
Riches are at her disposal.
Her house is in order.
Her husband adores her every move.
He spoils her in jewelry and praise.
He washes her with daily compliments.
He scrubs her with his pure love.
Then he dries her up with complete pride.
The streets praise her, all who see her praise her.
He sees no other woman, her mere presence is his pride.

The Mystery In Between-Episode 4

Lola sets her small bag of clothing on the bed before laying on it her self. Her eyes became watery again. Memories of her mother came to mind. Her mother was always against the tradition. Her father however was all for it.
The village has three different tribes, Lola belongs to the Inkala tribe where they believe a man should sleep with the woman to decide if she is worthy enough to be married to him. Then there is the Sekuno tribe that believes in a man sharing his wife with his brothers or even father. The Zalua tribe believes in sacrificing their virgin wives for the success of the family.
The tribe one goes to is determined by the man who wants to marry her, if there are many then the one with the highest bride price always wins.

Mula enters Lola’s room, Lola was lied on the bed her eyes closed while tears run down her cheeks.
Lola: get out.
Mula: Is that how you treat your future husband?

Lola sits up on the bed to get a better look at the source of the voice.

Lola: You will never be my husband.
Mula: hahaha
Lola: Don’t laugh you look stupid.
Mula: You know I can not tolerate your insults any longer. Who do you think you are?
Lola: A woman you could never have.
Mula: You know I can make you my wife right now if I wanted to right?
Lola: By what? rape? please at least act like the cells in your brain work.
Mula: you are provoking me.
Lola: then leave my presence.
Mula: You don’t order me.
Lola: Then order yourself out of here. Your existence bores my senses.
Mula: Why do you hate me so much? From the moment I met you, you have always been rude to me. What did I do to you?
Lola: Well there is one reason.
Mula: what?
Lola: you breathe.
Mula: what is that supposed to mean?
Lola: it means you should stop breathing.
Mula: what?
Lola: It. Means-
Mula: I heard you.
Lola: Good.

Mula: You’re scary.
Lola: And very deadly.
Mula: I will marry you, whether you like it or not.
Lola: I’d marry a spirit a million times before I could marry you.

Solomon appears in Lola’s room. He pauses Mula in time with his powers and stands in front of Lola. Lola screams in terror when she sets eyes on Solomon.
Lola: It’s not time yet why are you here?
Solomon: you called me.
Lola: I did not call you. I don’t even know if I know your name.
Solomon: You said spirit.
Lola: So I can not say the word spirit in peace again?
Solomon: well you can, but not in contents of marriage otherwise you’re calling me.
Lola: well how do I uncall you?
Solomon: a kiss.

Lola rolls her eyes, she looks at Mula who just stared in space.
Lola: what happened to him?
Solomon: He has just frozen in time nothing serious.
Lola: how long will it be?
Solomon: until after I leave.
Lola: can you freeze more than one person at a time?
Solomon yes.
Lola: then if I touch them do they unfreeze?
Solomon: no they can only unfreeze after I leave.
Lola: you sure?
Solomon: yes why so many questions?

Lola gets off the bed, she bends down to grab her slipper and starts hitting Mula with it. Solomon watched while Lola beat Mula with her slipper. She pulled his ear and spat in it before using the slipper to smack his lips.

Lola: you piece of unrecyclable trash. You good for nothing useless brat.

Solomon could not help but laugh at her use of language.

Solomon: are you planning to ever stop?
Lola: I wish I could not stop but I should otherwise I won’t have anything to beat next time.
Solomon: what do you mean next time?
Lola: oh you don’t worry about that.

Lola uses her slipper to slap the back of his head hard one more time before she walks back to the bed and sits back in her position.
Lola: I’m done, come here I will kiss you so you can leave.
Solomon walks towards her.
Lola: where do I do it?
Solomon: anywhere on my face.

Lola nods and kisses his cheek and before she could blink he was gone. Mula regains his consciousness, he quickly groans as the pain hits him all at once.
Lola: what’s wrong?
Mula: Nothing.

Mula walks out of Lola’s room feeling pain all over his body. Lola could not help but laugh out loud.

Mula: what did she do t
o me?
Lola’s father: Mula are you feeling fine?
Mula: Yes, I am fine sir.
Lola’s father: very well.

Olivia’s father walks into the kitchen, he opens puts and pans and after looked very dissatisfied. He then starts his way to Lola’s room.
Lola’s father: LOLA! come out here.

Lola groans before walking out of her room to meet her father.
Lola: Yes father.
Lola’s father: What are you doing in bed at this time? don’t you see we have visitors? What will they eat?

Lola: There is no food in the house father.
Lola’s father: you see, you don’t want to get married now where will we get money for food?
Lola: my bride price would not even be enough to feed us for two months.
Lola’s father: It would feed me for six months.

Lola: I will go to the farm.
Lola’s father: No that will take ages, accept Mula now and he will pay.
Lola: you want me to accept to sleep with a man so he could pay you? Even a prostitute touch her own wages.
Lola’s father: this is tradition and must be followed.
Lola: I will not.
Lola’s father: That was not a suggestion.
Lola: Father I do not want to accept Mula.

Paaa!
Lola holds onto the cheek her father just smacked. She looked down on the ground not daring to look up. She knew she was miles past her limit at this point. He has beaten her before, many times and it usually started with a smack on the face. Mula and his father watched the scene in front of them. They were in hand with Lola’s father women were not allowed to speak back or voice their opinion so openly. To the three men tradition came before everything including their families.

Lola turns around to walk back into her room but her father stops her.
Lola’s father: Go find food, my visitors are hungry.

The Mystery In Between Episode 3

She has been walking for miles now and her stomach growled. Her tongue is dry and the sun gave her no mercy. She decides to find a tree and sits down under it for some shade.

Solomon starts walking back home from his hunt. He caught two rabbits, he could not wait to get home and celebrate. As he was walking he saw a Lola sitting under a tree. He observes her first then proceeds to ask if she was okay.
Solomon: Young lady.
There was no response yet, Lola was deep in her sleep.
Solomon: Young lady.
This time he gives her a small shake on the shoulder. Still no response. He decides to shake her harder and finally her eyes open.

Her brown eyes are two pools of honey in the sunlight, Solomon was amazed. He continued to look at her face and the second thing he noticed was her nose. Solomon nodded at how big her nose was.
Lola: what do you think you’re doing?
Solomon: you have a big nose for a woman you know.
Lola: you are too ugly for a human.
Solomon: I am far from that and you know it.
Lola rolls her eyes and gets up.
Solomon: did you run away from home?
Lola: yes
Solomon: why?
Lola: mind your business. do you know how far the nearest village is?
Solomon: I do, however, I’m going to respect you and mind my business.
Lola: are you serious?
Solomon: yes.
Lola: fine.
Solomon: I have to leave now have a great day young lady.
Lola: I’m sorry.
Solomon: return home. There is no way where you are going. and the forest is very dangerous, especially for young women.
Lola: what do you mean.
Solomon: evil spirits are looking for wives in there.
Lola hated the thought of being someone’s wife to the point it disgusted her to hear such words.

Solomon: Why did you run away from home if I may ask.
Lola: I don’t want to get married.
She turns towards the forest and was ready to take a step.
Solomon: didn’t you say you weren’t ready to get married? why are you walking towards the forest?
Lola: I would rather be married to a spirit than to a man.
Solomon: Then marry me.
Lola looks behind her Solomon was no longer there it was just a voice. Without a second thought she ran as fast she could back home. The voice followed behind her. She continued to run not looking back. Everything else was a blur as she ran through the small passage.
Lola fell as she could not run anymore.
Lola: please leave me alone.
Solomon: Marry me.
Lola: No, stop chasing me.
Solomon decides to show her his flesh again. Lola moves away from him.
Lola: what are you?
Solomon: your greatest nightmare.
Lola starts crawling away from him.
Lola: please stop, I’ll go back home so please just stop.
Solomon: I will stop on one condition.
Lola: what?
Solomon: I will come to you one day and whatever I ask of you that day you can not say no.
Lola: Okay, yes.
Solomon: are you sure.
Lola: yes, please stop.
Solomon: very well then, see you again.

Solomon leaves her and continues his walk back home. Lola finally noticed her face was wet with tears. She did not bother to wipe them away, instead she picked herself up and continued her journey back home. She felt ashamed of going back to the place she ran away from.

Lola walks into the familiar compound to her surprise Mula and his father was still there. She tried her best to not look at their faces but her father made it hard.
Lola’s father: Why are you back?
Lola: I live here
Lola’s father: You can not stay here unless you marry Mula and leave with him tomorrow.

Lola looks at her father, she could not believe her father’s word. Her mother has always told her that her father loved her but right now she could not believe it.
She felt so worthless in his eyes and could not help the tears running down her cheek.

Lola: Father, why do you treat me like an object? I know I’m not the son you wanted, but I am also your child. Why do I feel like a slave in my father’s house?

Lola’s father: It is our tradition, who are you to go against tradition?
Lola: I am your daughter. I am your seed.
Lola’s Father: No my seed would listen to me.

Lola: is that why mother left? because she could not listen to you? Because you can not live with anyone who does not listen to you?

Lola’s father: A woman who does not listen to her husband is worthless.

Lola: No she is not. My mother is not worthless!

Lola was now in tears as she raised her voice at her father for the first time.

Lola’s father: Who gave you the audacity to raise your worthless voice at me?

Lola: It is a great shame to be your seed.

with that Lola walks into her room. Her father stood there with his friend. Mula was sitting on the bench under the tree. He lost all interest in Lola when she raised her voice at her father.
He was looking for a low self-esteem wife, someone who needs a man to feel valuable.