DIFFERENT THINGS

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10. It was one thing if I did it, but a different thing if he had not framed me up.

9. Not keeping my legs together would be something, but politely insisting otherwise did make all the difference: Ruin me.

8. His denying the affair before coworkers was one;my firing for workplace whoredom without
fair hearing was another matter.

7. Hopes that litigation might fetch me vindication would evaporate beneath the heat of the
judge’s order for medical evidence.

6. That doctors not compromise is one; that the DNA test result would be falsified is a separate
thing.

5. Left with just my verbal testimony that would be adjudged inadmissible, with a smirk on his face, he’d walk. Discharged. Acquitted.

4. How it grew financially tough raising a fatherless child is unmentionable; whether hunger and
pneumonia’d claim his life was… *sobs*

3. On highway. Absent-minded. If the weight of multiple odd jobs wasn’t crushing enough,
perhaps an eighteen wheeler’s would be.

2. Even he’d attend. And touch my coffin—a touch on the chin that’d jolt me back to now. His
office.

1. I decline the advances politely, damning consequences: worst-case, a firing.

Sack over scandal. A sending away versus sinning.
Both bad, but different things altogether.

 

 


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Bunmi Oke

Bunmi Oke has not stopped believing that the reality of God through Christ is best experienced personally, and the earlier in life (especially as a youth) such relationship is actuated the better. Not too long after he graduated from the University of Ibadan, he actuated a long-suppressed penchant for prose, having been expressing his writing gift through poetry ever since. Bunmi's written works are published on varying online literary platforms and currently, he writes flash fiction best and is more than happy to be part of the lifewords.org campaign. While working as a Pharmacist, Bunmi keeps probing deep within for the next story to write.

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  1. Adeleye
    September 4, 2015 at 3:25 pm
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    Well written, concise and well illustrated, the message is well taken to heart, thanks Bunmi…

    • Bunmi Oke
      December 10, 2015 at 8:23 pm
      Reply

      Much thanks, Adeleye.

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