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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Departing Gambia

Sitting in the departure lounge at the airport, alone because only those travelling could be there, both of them kept contact through the phone as she waited to be transported away, far from him. And here are some text messages they exchanged in those few minutes, before the plane arrived.

SHE: Though my memory with him always is, the smell of me he dabbed around
HIM: And I’ve got part of you with me. Your hanky.

SHE: And that too. Stained with sand from my heels. Will you wash it?
HIM: Nope I won’t.

SHE: Does that poem fall under haiku? Haiku poems are 14 words. Not sure the number of syllables. Will edit it at home and blog it.
HIM: Haiku poems talk about nature as they relate to human relationships. 14 line poems are Shakesparean.

SHE: Naa. As long as it’s 14 words and a certain number of syllables, it’s haiku.
HIM: Thought you said 14 lines.

SHE: What will you do with a dirty handkerchief?
HIM: It still has your smell.

SHE: Ok. The face towel in the bathroom has my smell too. If I smell like that. Woulda sprayed you on the sweater and take you with me to Nigeria. What will you miss most?
HIM: Playing with you and the sound of your laughter. The sight of joy in your eyes when you steal glances at me.

SHE: I miss your winks and you peeping at me with one eye closed.
HIM: I miss that I won’t get to tell you I love you and watch your face lighten up.

SHE: Hmmmmmmm. Don’t worry sweetheart. The plane will soon be here. In movies, you will be here with me in the departure lounge. Then you will stand staring with your hands in your pocket as I board. Before disappearing, I will turn to look at you, before we can raise our hands and blow eachother kisses, one big van will pass by and block our views. When it leaves, you will heave a sigh because I’m gone. Then you will turn and walk away. I will open the door and come back in and say ‘let me ask you a question. Then you will turn around and look at me and say....
HIM: Will you marry me?

SHE: Lol.
HIM: And what will your answer be?

SHE: I will ask if you will let me name the kids the names they will be known as. If you say yes, I will say yes. Plane just touched down. I miss you.
HIM: Me too

Ps: so she found out she is an Olodo because Haiku poems are 17 syllables in three lines. But it’s almost haiku sha. 18 syllables. It would have been in three lines, had it not been texted.
And there’s a real haiku in the conversation. Check line 13:

‘ The face towel in the bathroom
has my smell too
If I smell like that’

Psps: 'The Gambia Experience' is coming in two or three parts. From my preparation to go, and going, and being there and returning. Beginning from next Thursday, I hope I will be bold enough to actually post it, since I have started writing it. So expect the gist of yours truly, and The Cave Man.


  1. Oh! How romantic! How did you meet The Cave Man?

    And for haiku I think it has to be
    line 1 - 5 syllables
    line 2 - 7 syllables
    line 3 - 5 syllables

  2. aha na wao, i saw that i was first just now, why dont we all just abide by poetic licnece and forget this haiku thing, that part of the van and the airport, isnt that a line from The Mexican, brad pitt and Julia Roberts.

  3. lovey nwantiti, lol
    welcome back dear,
    awaiting more(love)post

    so.. werin u bring 4 us?????

  4. @ goodnaijagirl- hmmmmmm. I will tell when the time is right. Thanks 4 the hiaku thing

    @ Sprezatura- aha. finally he finished watching the movie

    @ LG- and more u will get

  5. Uzezi,welcome..good to know that you keep yr promises..17th-24th=7

  6. seems like u really had fun....am green with envy....i mean u were gone for eva....u have had fun 4 eva.....LOL>..am looking foward to that update and be safe ok?

  7. Uzezi, in this time u were away, u found "The Cave Man".

    Am waiting 4 more gist.

    Hope u r good?

  8. Awww....So romantic. And Caveman too. Hmmmm sista, you sound loved up!

  9. @ Sola Folowosele- I try my best.

    @ Sola Folowosele- yes o, i actually have another blog. Will update aroundlagos next week

    @ doll- no over green o! wasn't really gone forever

    @ OluwaDee- i found him before i went away.

  10. Haiku - I am stuck on Haiku. I think I have to go back to school.

    Well, well, well so you were in the Gambia not with your pen, laptop or Bible but an "eye candy" :-)

  11. 14th...dannngg that must have been a very loud whisper...

    someone's in loveeeeeeeeeeee......

    ok, I want the full thing, how when where babes???

    he sounds great and I wish you all the best...I will join in ashwebi oh...hmmm gambian or just in gambia? the kids can answer whatever, we dont care as long as they are as intelligent as he sounds....hmmmmm...

  12. lol...at d movie scene stuff....b4 he blows d final goodby a van passes by n blocks her view...lol....welcome back welcome back welcome back!

  13. Sounds like The Cave Man is a great, great match for our dear Uzezi!

    Welcome back, dearie! ;)

  14. Aghhhh...give me d address cos i am coming to get my gambia goodies..lol!!! Dis gist go sweet o, so come n drop it like its hot.
    LOL!!! at d yellow van . Welcome back.

  15. Someone had fun in Gambia o!
    Welcome back and hurry up with the gists.

  16. Captain Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaveman!

    See gist...we dey wait.

  17. Uzezi do you still have the lashes? Weird I know.....just curious!

  18. aww.. dat was sweet!!
    he soundz wonderful too

  19. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.......He's sweet.

    Oohh, I can't wait for the rest.

  20. wow...i loved it..
    you in love for sure...:D

  21. @ Afrobabe- no now. the kids should be known by their Isoko names.

    @ wellsbaba- thanks a lot

    @ Ms Sula- yes. I think so too. Thanks

    @ NikkiSab- lol. wetin u wan come collect after ten days?

    @ Ms. emmotions- hmmm

    @ princesa- right on.

    @ ablackjamesbond- lol @ Captain Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaveman!

    @ AlooFar- alright sir. Thanks

    @ Doja- i ve missed you so much. How u doing? Lashes ke?

    @ Mz. Dee- yes o

    @ archiwiz- can't wait either

    @ [-V-]- thanks.

  22. Love what u re writing and hope u have a nice time in the Gambia

  23. now you've gone to gambia and been naughty. there goes my chance

  24. Haiku??? didnt even know wat it was b4. just checked the dictionary and its a short japanese poem.i feel so silly.

    Someone is in looove..

  25. Compromise means the kids answer english names...plus isoko names...plus Gambian names!!!


    @ Jayjazzy- i did have a nice time

    @ Jinta- clearing my throat first before i continue

    @ Naija Idol- thank God I'm not alone in this Haiku ignorance

    @ Afrobabe- compromise means as long as they have that other thribe's last name, what's wrong if they answer Isoko names?

  27. ehem...So its thurday and i returned to see gist..but to ym avail none!!!!!...AHHH PLEASE NW!!!...You sound soo happy!!!!

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  29. Hmmmmm love is sweet
    More details on the "cave men"!!!
    Im so glad ur back to blogging
    Cant wait for the rest of the details on Gambia


    sorry for the caps

  31. its amazing how our five senses can stir up emotions.

    The sense of smell in this case...beautiful piece

    *chuckle* I now know why some perverts like to keep a girl's panties

  32. @ Ms.O- i apologize

    @ NigerianDramaQueen- ok

    [-V-]- soon

    @ SOLOMONSYDELLE- saw it. I'm well. Thanks

    @ Afronuts- very funny. Thanks, though my cave man aint a pervert o!

  33. ...the text message exchange was great!!!...especially loved the part about the past when he would have been in the departure lounge with you...and how sweet/endearing/telling that the opportunity to name the children would allow her to marry him...or rather, you to marry him;)...

  34. Chineke!!!!!! baby girl, you are done for...na LOVE be dis oh...chei...see as love dey sweet...enjoy jare!

  35. @ guerreiranigeriana- i'm blushing all over. lol @ telling that the opportunity to name the children would allow her to marry him...or rather, you to marry him

    @ Waffarian- i go enjoy am tire

  36. What Does Little Birdie Say?


    What does little birdie say,
    In her nest at peep of day?
    Let me fly, says little birdie,
    Mother, let me fly away,
    Birdie, rest a little longer,

    Till the little wings are stronger.

    So she rests a little longer,

    Then she flies away.


    What does little baby say,
    In her bed at peep of day?

    Baby says, like little birdie,

    Let me rise and fly away.

    Baby, sleep a little longer,

    Till the little limbs are stronger.

    If she sleeps a little longer,

    Baby too shall fly away.

    -----by runescape gold

  37. oh wow!!!!!!!!! HOW CUTE WAS THAT????

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