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Nigeria's leading fictional story blog - saviour, Christ, mistletoe, December, like Juliet awaiting her Romeo, gifts.




"MISTLETOE"
The beautiful chimes of melody
spread through the air like a virus
for on this day came our remedy
a saviour in a manger called Jesus
he came to take away our woe
we stand in beauty decorated like the mistletoe

feet moving about in helter skelter
as we prepare for this big occasion of Christ
families decorating their humble shelter
we expect a saviour who has come to be the light
shining in us we can't hide but must show
and be fresh and green as the gentle mistletoe

But what horror has gradually been brought
this period of love and undiluted care
now a season marked with dishonesty and hurt
manipulated scales unmatched the burden we bear
cold feet and stiff hands, socks worn out too
this moment hurt as being pricked by a mistletoe

oh! what preparation we make for December
starting from January drip by drip we save
“take this money and keep," dad's words I remember
put it in the "Xmas" account, a sly smile he gave, what a preparation!
like Juliet awaiting her Romeo
buying gifts and making beautiful packages placed beneath the mistletoe

daddy is worried, mummy is so worked out
children awaiting their beautiful dress
employers of labour being arrogant and proud
employees bittered, agonized and in much distress
this season only love and care we ought to know
with beautiful gifts packed beneath the mistletoe

going to the market, a dreadful experience
the price of goods smoked hemp and just got high
this period respected by all in spite the difference
regards and hellos, lots of smiles to reply
visitations and amusement parks our feet will go
pleasures of life like beautifully branched mistletoe

the big day approaches and the anxiety increases
the aroma of chin chin and fried chicken we inhale
a sign of the jollies the period releases
the reason for the season, to acknowledge, we fail
to eat and drink away our pain and sorrow
but it comes back anew like the evergreen mistletoe

Don't eat Much or your tummy would swell
a little drink, a little salad, a little meat will do
“avoid gluttony,” mummy will tell
no firecrackers or violent celebration too
so many warnings, so many donts and dos
but an exciting period indeed, sitting by mistletoes

its for the kids we dare to say
“I've seen so many of it,” grandma would repeat
but why wary of this great and eventful day?
shivering in reverence of this great winter's heat
which makes the aged strong and timid bold
standing erect and beautiful like the mistletoe

and the big day comes and goes like a menstrual pain
a yearlong preparation just for a single day
we never seem to enjoy the eventful journey
we focus precariously on the destination
now the event is over; is it worth the sacrifices?
we starve from June to November
just to feed in December
the December rush steals away our joy
crimes increase and worries escalate
if only every day could be a Christmas!
THE END
Written by: 
 Stanley Ekpegbue

Stanley Ekpegbue is a student of Chemical Engineering at the Federal University of Technology Owerri. He is an excellent spoken word poet. He is an executive at Route Africa; premier head of the SWP activity unit of Route Africa.
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