Haunt Me Well
Words: Daniel Many Owiti
Ogero, you know very well that I had a hand in your untimely death, It is the same guilt that forced me to skip your burial ceremony, Now if you are planning to haunt me, I suggest you do it once and for all, Stop hinting at it, Stop showing me the signs, Like my car brake failing me in the middle of a busy highway, Or dreaming that a prostitute stabbed me on the throat while I was having a drink with you at Soweto bar, Don’t we all know that it is at Soweto bar where we enjoyed our last drink together?
Ogero, if you have included me in your ‘to haunt’ list, Then I suggest you do it once and for all, Stop hinting at it by making my pen disappear mysteriously whenever I go to withdraw the money that I was paid to have you killed, Stop turning my vegetable soup red, as red as your blood, If your plan is to choke me with food to death then do it, Stop being a coward, Be a man like you always claimed to be and haunt me properly!
Ogero, stop haunting me like a white man, A white man does not know how to haunt his subjects, He makes them sing off-key and call that a terrible haunt, haunt me like a real African man who has died unfairly, Turn into a three metre long purple snake and slither into my bedroom at night, Was purple not your favourite colour?
Or make my dog turn into a casket that resembles the one you were buried in!
Ogero, I am tired of associating every bad luck with you, I am tired of guessing and speculating, If you are man enough then appear in my bedroom tonight, Holding a whip and dressed in your tribal suit, So that I scream and hide under the bed, And my wife will wonder why I am screaming and pointing at an empty wall, or make me ran mad and confess in public that I killed you, So that they can arrest me and throw me in jail once and for all.
Daniel Many Owiti aka Ordinary Mind is the winner for our August creative writing challenge