I always wondered at a man who had utter contempt of his mortality,
Until I met him that preached by the river.
He was ever in the company of his little goblins,
Kind creatures and slaves to his whim.
When I met him, he looked at me as if I was a burst of air,
Nothing more than a passing wind.
His eyes scraped at my skin,
Made me feel like unrefined Kapok straight from the rainforest.
He welcomed me into his arms,
I ran to him seeking meaning and a cause to be remembered by.
Long did I serve him, for a long time I fell in love with him;
He was everything a girl could want and everything a man could ever be.
I persisted in my obsession and took him like a drug every other time I felt sick.
I have seen on the telly many like me, mad, obsessed, in love and unaware,
I loathed them.
Soon I forgot about them,
Soon I felt no pity for them for they were the enemy.
With their foreign gods and foreign cultures and foreign filth.
The preacher assured me that they were all very necessary
He told me that I should not think of ways of getting rid of them.
Singularity is not natural, complacency is degeneration.
Focus on not being like them, focus on hating them, he urged.
I fought their spirit and out of my spirit became the spirit of hate.
Not to kill the ideal but to kill the poor souls attached to it.
To make them afraid.
To make them suffer and whimper at my sight with dread.
To make them die and wish for death more than the starved wish for food.
One day he had a meeting to attend that he said would change everything.
He left me in charge of the river and the goblins.
‘What is this meeting?’ I asked.
‘Are they making you Pope?’
‘Sweet Child, no…not that kind of conclave, but do stay here. Things will be much different afterwards.’
I took care of the goblins and the lukewarm worshippers of the Preacher as they came in trickles.
Soon, they started coming in floods that I had to stand on a rock to address them.
‘Mend your ways,’ I pleaded with them
‘Can’t you see that you have been misled.’
Some listened and came back week after week. I parried on, spewing hate
At times I was overcome with emotion and,
Out of my little mouth came outbursts of affection for the damned souls not there with us.
At night I would roll back in my cave and wait for the Preacher.
I would pray to him for a miracle,
That he would be there in the morning when I woke up.
He was never there, ever, but I did not feel the slightest loss of faith in him.
I grew up.
I wrote books and,
I made love to a few people.
I was getting used to be Lord and Master of my surrounding.
I was stepping into the shoes I once worshipped and kissed,
When one cloudy morning during the rainy season,
When the river banks had burst and,
The Goblins and I were sheltering in a cave together with a few of my followers,
The Preacher, fatter than before came back.
‘It has been too long.’ I cried when I ran to embrace him.
GOBLIN NAMED GOBE:
The Preacher stood there motionless as our Mother embraced him.
He looked around coldly that you could feel the warmth run out of your body.
He sighed loudly and wrapped his arms around Mother.
Mother feeling relieved, held him even tighter and we all sighed loudly.
The Preacher in return squeezed even harder,
But nothing could prepare us for the symphony of bones cracking and the escape of the soul.