15 Dec

Tribute to Bewaji Michael

Sickle-shaped cells, life-shortening culprits
Altered amino acid sequence
– funereal physiological anomaly
Nagging episodes of inexpressible bone unease
Countless sleepless nights
– so usual it turned normal
“Crisis” the physician tagged it
Till the final episode…

But why of all ages, 27?
And why of all days, November 27?
Why of all pages in Guyton, 427?
Or why in Harper’s, 627?

A profound curse on you, Valine
Thou usurper of the sixth position
An undiluted anathema on you, Glutamic acid
Why relinquish your biological inheritance?
Abundance of imprecations on you, Sixth position
Why be the venue for such lethal transactions?
Why not rather be vacant
– as in the chronicle of clotting factors?

Why did death’s chilled, congealed palms
Extract him from his life of hopes and dreams
– into sudden, immortal silence?
The tears shall roll for aye
Save I condole my frigid soul
Saying, “Life’s too short…
…for a long story”

Dedicated to Bewaji Michael, a bosom friend who died of a crisis courtesy of sickle cell anaemia on the 27th of November, 2010.

The biological explanation for sickle cell is the replacement of the amino acid glutamic acid by valine responsible for the attendant ordeal of the condition.

Rest in peace, Michael, R.I.P.


Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Sentimental


7 responses to “THE CRISIS

  1. akindele opeyemi

    December 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I love the way infuse science into art. i love the play on figures, your insightful probe into the ’27’ figures that recur in your friend’s demise. I want to add a numerological consideration: a molecular error occur in the 6th position of the b-chain of haemoglobin: and ‘6’ is the number of man, of imperfection, and man was made on the sixth day.
    curse the valine!

    • bunmioke

      December 17, 2010 at 3:15 am

      Akin, thanks a bunch. You made my day with that comment. It’s a pat on the back to improve. Thank you so much for viewing my page.

  2. Asala

    December 22, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Such an heart rending sequence of altercations of such hope brinkering magnitude. R.I.P Michael

  3. Odekunbi Olaitan

    January 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Like this,it has reflected ur chosen career.Its a good start friend.They might not be perfect yet,but I believe u’re working 2wards dt.Its indeed d begining of sowing{psalms 126 :5-6} & their are principles guiding ds period.
    1)its a time of loneliness.U might not be known 4ds now,but u’re coming 2dt.
    2)its a time 2 moving on with determinatn & purpose.So dont give up on ds at anytime instead press further.
    3)its not a pleasant time.Their may be a lot 4u 2do presently,but just try also 4ds not 2suffer.
    4)its involves long time of waiting.Dont rush in ds,let things be slow &steady.
    5)everything about u is precious,no matter how ds u’ve started is so precious.
    6)above all,place God in position of pre-eminence&things will fall into places 4u.
    Thank God u haven’t neglected a small begining.Wish u well.

    • bunmioke

      January 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      10Q for the long comment. I apreciate it and you.

  4. michael oyelade

    April 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    great work, junior, i love this

    • bunmioke

      April 21, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Michael,thanks I appreciate your comment. Please subscribe by just clicking a button at the top of the page to be automtically notified everytime I post a fresh piece


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