While I laid in the hospital
Thinking of killing that old lady,
I was brought back to the beginning
Of this whole sordid story.
It was only a few days
After my 16th birthday,
That I was to learn
I was being given away.
I remember coming home
To a grand housecleaning,
It seemed odd at the time
But my help was needed.
Floors were being scrubbed,
Windows required shining
So I did what was asked
Without knowing the reason.
Raking leaves the next morning
I stopped to rest on the porch,
Thinking there was still some time
Before the sun began to scorch.
I finished my morning chores,
And considered myself free
To go find my friends as usual
Waiting under the mango tree.
When I was ready to leave
Mommy called me to her room,
And asked me not to go too far
As her cousin was arriving soon.
I found a few of my friends
Where they were expected to be.
Not long after a few mangoes,
Mommy sent my sister to get me.
Her cousin had just arrived,
I noticed mommy’s nervous smile,
She introduced her as Mrs. Small
Who I’d be staying with for a while.
My bags were all packed and ready,
Everyone seemed to know but me.
As much as I felt deceived by them
I still did not want to leave.
I never said goodbye to anyone
Thinking I’d be right back,
Home with my four sisters
Within a week or two max.
Mommy never came to visit,
Mrs. Small was never kind,
It took me two whole years
To accept this in my mind.
Mrs. Small never did for me
The things she promised mommy,
No loving care, no school, no skill,
Just the yard boy she called dummy.
The first time I realized my gift
Was by trying to seduce the helper,
Who quickly got too attached
So I subtly rid myself of her.
Twice a week at least I met
With the grocers lovely wife,
When it became a tryst
She never did put up any fight.
Soon more ladies in the district
Made up reasons for my company,
I did not mind getting popular
Since I was paid handsomely.
The word of my activities
Reached Mrs. Small in church,
And she took a few days to decide
From which angle she’d approach.
She sent me on an errand
To deliver a package to her friend,
Whom I had never heard of
In my four years there until then.
Her friend was young and pretty,
And wasted no time getting to the point.
She was direct and explicit,
I obliged to give her what she want.
Her husband came in quietly,
Two shots rang out and I just ran,
Not realizing in my hurry
That I was a wounded man.
I made it to the hospital naked
Where I promptly fainted from shock,
And been awake now a few hours
Realizing Mrs. Small had set me up.