By Oyelalu Joshua (Dapoet)


Emotion in words

Ayetu tribe lived on the wrong side of the island of
two faces. The two sides, separated by a great
cliff, were like night and day. The good side was
watered by rivers and was filled with trees,
flowers, birds and easy and abundant food, while
on the wrong side there was hardly any water or
plants, and wild beasts crowded together.

The Ayetu had the misfortune of having
always lived there, with no way to cross to the
other side. Their life was hard and difficult: they
hardly had food and drink for everyone and they
lived in permanent terror of the beasts, which
would regularly, come and eat some tribe

Legend told that some of their ancestors
had been able to cross with just the help of a
small pole, but for many years not a single tree
had grown that would be strong enough to make
such a pole, so few Ayetu believed this was
possible, and they had become accustomed and
resigned to their difficult, resigned life, suffering
hunger and dreaming of not ending up as some
peckish beast’s dinner. But nature had it that,
precisely along the edge of the cliff separating the
two sides of the island, a skinny but strong tree
grew, with which they could build two poles.

Emotion in words

The feeling of anticipation was enormous and
there was no doubt among the tribe as to whom
they would choose to use the poles: the great
chief and the witch doctor.

But when the two of
them were given their opportunity to make the
jump, they felt so afraid that they didn’t dared to:
they thought that the pole could break, or it would
not be long enough, or that something would go
wrong during the jump …

Emotion in words


and they put so much
energy into these thoughts that the resulting fear
caused them to give in. And when they saw that
this could lead them to being teased and taunted,
they decided to invent some old stories and
legends about failed jumps to the other side. And
they told so many of these tales and they spread
so much that there was no Ayetu who did not
know how reckless and foolish you would have to
be to even attempt the jump


Emotion in words

And there lay the poles, available to
anyone wanting to use them, but abandoned by
all, because taking up one of these poles had
become, by dint of repetition, the most
unbecoming thing an Ayetu could do. It was a
betrayal of the values of suffering and resistance
which so distinguished the tribe.

But into that tribe were born Akin and
Ewaade, a pair of young hearts truly wanting a
different life and, encouraged by the strength of
their love, one day decided to take up the poles.

Nobody stopped them, but everyone did try to
discourage them, trying to convincing them of the
dangers of jumping, using a thousand

“And what if what they say is true?” thought
Akin.”Don’t’ worry, Why do the talk so much
about a leap they’ve never done? I too am a bit
scared, but it doesn’t look so difficult,” replied
Ewaade, ever determined But if it goes wrong, it
would be a terrible end,” continued Akin,
undecided. “Perhaps the jump will go badly and
perhaps not. But staying forever on this side of
the island surely won’t work out well either. Do
you know of anyone whose death did not come
from being either eaten by the wild beasts or from
famine? That too is a terrible end, although it still
seems far away to us.””You’re right, Ewaade.

if we wait much longer we won’t have the strength
to make the leap … Let’s do it tomorrow.”

And on the next day, Akin and Ewaade jumped to
the good side of the island. When taking up the
poles, taking their run up, while feeling their
desire, the fear hardly allowed them to breathe.
And while flying through the air, helpless and
without support, they felt that something surely .

must have gone wrong and certain death awaited
them. But when they landed on the other side of
the island and happily hugged each other, they
thought the jump really hadn’t been so bad after

And as they ran away to discover their
new life, behind them they could hear, like a
whispering choir;”It was just luck.”

“Well. maybe tomorrow. ”

“What a terrible jump! Had it not been for the pole

And Akin and Ewaade understood why so few
people took the leap: because on the bad side of
the island you only ever heard the resigned voices
of people without dreams, people filled with fear
and despair, people who would never jump.


Life sometimes amaze me. How we keep
moving head when we can simply look
back to right our wrong but life cheat with
time. Just little time and we want to
become everything.

Don’t give up now. It need a little more
effort, that little my break that much
Copyright © 2016 by Oyelalu Joshua