Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I had written about this dog before in one of my articles, but as I was traveling, I saw a couple that looked more like strangers to themselves than couples. Then I narrated this story I am telling you now. At the end of the story, the woman sobbed as the man kissed her over and over. There was a couple Mr & Mrs Nenfackkitoyi that inherited a dog from a shelter. Surely the previous owner had given it a name, but when the dog came to their house, they gave it a new name- Mispah. The woman was the one who brought the dog, but the dog forced its love on the husband. At this time, their marriage was on the rocks. The dog indeed was going to live its name.

When each parent came back from work, it greeted them in their turns and saw them off as they left. Many times they left home together, and Mispah walked on the left and later walked on the right trying to show her allegiance and love to both. The parents fell it was their only nexus to reconciliation as their eyes joined each time they tried to look at the dog. Soon they began teaming up to play with the dog, and consequently the glow of their tattered marriage was burning with new steam.

Mispah was permitted to hunt. When she brought game, she kept it on the floor in front of the father. Then she will carry it latter to the mother and then to the father front and back until the father will seize the porcupine from her mouth and give it to the wife to cook.

When they were eating, Mispah ate in her plate but attempted several times to eat from the plate of Mr & Mrs Nenfackkitoyi. When one parent pushed her off, she will go to the next parent. If the father pushed her off, she went to the mother.

One day, they were to go on vacation; they gathered their things and prepared the dog’s house and left her with enough food and drinks. She has grown to serve herself and to hunt for food when she was hungry; however, she was not prepared to deal with the absence of Mr & Mrs Nenfackkitoyi she sacrificially loved.

As they left the house, she walked as usual; changing positions, kissing the mother and kissing the father. Then they each took their different directions. Mispah will run and kiss Mrs Nenfackkitoyi , and then runs back to kiss Mr Nenfackkitoyi. With time, the gap between both parents increased, and Mispah’s trips too increased. She had just kissed the father and was running to kiss the mother when a car came from the side and hit her unto the pavement. With her parents gone, and in a country where dogs are not cared for, she bled with groans of love by the corner of the road for her parents until her sun set. More so, she died in the absence of her beloved who could give her a befitting burial.

No matter how great our love is, we cannot serve two masters at a time. Some people say that it was because of love that she died, but others says it was because of greed because she wanted to love the two parents the same way at the same time. Others conclude that whatever the case, the conclusion is that Mispah died loving her parents.

Will we say that you love your parents if you were to die today? Would anyone say you loved them unto death if you were to die today? How is your love; when there is no money? Is your love only in good times? Do those who love you sleep with you as a sheep sleeps with a lion? In the prefect world, the lion and the sheep will sleep together, but in this present world, though the lion and the sheep may sleep together the sheep would not have much sleep. Mispah is dead, but she left a lesson for us to learn: unconditional and everlasting love until death do you part.

Until then, be ready to die for those you love.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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