MOMENTS I MISS

Ibrahim S Bangura
Posted July 17, 2020 from Sierra Leone

The beauty of creativity [poetry writing] has brought so much joy to me, it gives my brain and mind eyes to see beyond the borders of loneliness and makes me realised that sometimes there is beautiful sweet past like this one below. Thanks to Praxis magazine for publishing this piece and to their wonderful photographer Duncan Lessing. This was my life, I missed every bit of what is in this poem. Enjoy!  

 

When I recall the colours of my childhood memories I fall asleep hoping to enjoy those moments in my dreams, but I’m living now where all I dream about is fighting poverty I miss the moments when our relatives called my friends and I monkeys

We played like monkeys; hanging upside down in Mango trees our toes clinging onto strong branches, swinging bare-chested in big, baggy trousers tied around the waist with shoelaces I miss the days when I knew nothing

about the world: but I realised when I was hungry I would go to the village stream with friends to swim freely; catch and eat fishes for our supper In those days my eyes never saw the piles of bodies

on TV caused by Ebola – blame was cast on eating bush meat I remember my food bowl; it had a small hole where my soup escaped leaving me grumbling and my belly rumbling unless I sucked it quickly I even miss the times when a cousin came to eat with me

He was canny; he invented a game whereby no rice should touch the ground while we ate If one of us dropped a single grain, he must watch his eat-mate play My cousin always won. I miss all those moments, it was fun

to watch my uncle dancing to Ghanaian house party music on the radio at home; the way he controlled his heavy, leather shoes not to cause any shoe accidents by squashing someone’s toes But what I miss the most is our compound; playing balance ball

in the rain, boys against girls – love came alive I miss the moments when we played like monkeys I miss my food bowl, I miss my uncle dancing, I miss our compound I miss the moments when I knew nothing about the world

This story was submitted in response to Men & Boys.

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Busayo Obisakin
Jul 17, 2020
Jul 17, 2020

Lovely memory Ibrahim! Thank you for sharing with us.
Busayo

Ibrahim S Bangura
Jul 17, 2020
Jul 17, 2020

Thank you!

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 17, 2020
Jul 17, 2020

Hi Ibrahim,
You are such a good story teller. I feel as if I have met you and listened to your story in person. And to know I have met a young man who thinks and feels deeply - and poetically. It is so important that we have news for each other and what is going on in our areas, so that we can work together.

Ibrahim S Bangura
Jul 17, 2020
Jul 17, 2020

Tam, thank you once again for keeping me going by your words. I must say thank you to the founder of World Plus for brining up this wonderful initiative. My voice is coming right from a paralysed hill and humble mountain. I have been working on a collection poems and illustrations to share to the world.The title is ' My Road' which is going be out in due time. I am presently working on another collection of 30 poems, 10 stories and 15 illustrations.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jul 23, 2020
Jul 23, 2020

Hello, Ibrahim,

You definitely have a gift of writing! Keep sharing your stories. I wouldn't be surprised if you'll write a book one day. Why not?

Ibrahim S Bangura
Jul 23, 2020
Jul 23, 2020

Sure, I completed a writing project last year funded by Prince Claus, I tilted it 'MY ROAD' in it I have 'Our ancestor's little gods, Same Road, How I learned to wash my body' and more. It will soon come out. I am also working on another collection of poems, stories mixed up with illustrations the world has never seen.

Thelma obani 2020
Jul 29, 2020
Jul 29, 2020

Your story is sooo amazing.
Thanks for sharing

Chi8629
Jul 30, 2020
Jul 30, 2020

Thank you for sharing.

SADRAG
Aug 19, 2020
Aug 19, 2020

Oh such beautiful lively flowers as they are speaking something, saying we loe uyou.

Keep going!
mala

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Dec 08, 2020
Dec 08, 2020

Hello Ibrahim,

I applaud you for this beautiful writing that takes me to your village or town, its joys and pleasures, the idyllic life of children playing in the rain, and the family life surrounded by cousins, uncles and friends.

The imagery is so real and as an African, any mention of mango trees and mangoes makes me feel nostalgic.

I have a sense that you have found your calling and I encourage you to keep writing and inviting us to go with you on a journey of your childhood and perhaps adulthood world.

Keep those stories and poems coming and all the best to you.

Ibrahim S Bangura
Dec 09, 2020
Dec 09, 2020

Mama kabahenda, happy new year in advance to you. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment, I am glad that you liked it. Yes writing poetry makes me feel good. I am still writing and will share all of them here with you. Happy a blessed new year.