I saw a lioness
turn to a lamb.
I was in the library and thoughts of her came to me
I sent a text message asking her if she was home
She said yeah so I gave her a call.
I am tired o. Your house is close to school
I just need to rest my head for a while.
I have an evening class though
Okay... guess what?
I have bad news for you!, she said
I asked her what was going on
and she told me she couldn't say it on the phone.
I headed straight to her house
I greeted everyone
They smiled and said hi
That was unusual...
No one's picking on me
No one's telling me how I need to trim my eyebrows
Is everything okay?, I asked.
She looked at me and looked at her sisters
Everyone was silent for almost a minute
In a chorus, they said "My father died"
Oh! Oh no! Oh waow!
this is too much for me to handle
I looked in their faces and I saw them try to fight the tears.
They had been called from Nigeria
they were told he was sick on sunday
and died on monday midnight.
It was too much for me to bear
Words could not be said
Feelings could not be expressed.
I picked up my pen and paper
Within 5 minutes,
I wrote two poems
One titled "Out of sight is never out of mind" and "H-O-M-E"
I shared it with them and I could
read their minds just by looking into their eyes.
They took the written piece from me
and placed it on the shelf.
Some of them went out to find
black attires for their mother.
She sat by me
We were alone
She looked at me
and she said
This life is too short
Imagine me having sleepless night over a pair of shoe
getting bothered by material thing
when someone is out there dying.
She got up and walked to the kitchen
to answer one of the numerous
phone calls she had been receiving.
For the first time in 3 years,
I heard her broke down
I saw a lioness turn to a lamb
She was the strongest of all my friends
She was the "no nonsense chick."
She was the one with strength
to fight tears
and here she was helpless.
she got off the phone
came back to me
Looked me in the eye and said
"Olamild I am fatherless
On father's day
I'm gonna look up to the sky
and say happy father's day to thin air."
No words can describe the pain I felt when
those words came out of her mouth.
I was there from 11:15 a.m. to 10 p.m.
I felt the family's pain and
I just want yall to pray for this family
I cannot mention the last name
because they are yet to tell one of the children
because she is away from home.
They do not know how she will take it
especially being alone where she is.
Please pray for my friend.
She's very dear to me
Pray that God sends comfort to that home
because they really need it.