Chizom Okpara


The life of Kenny Kay


Once upon a time there was a man called Kenny Kay
His apartment was as shabby as a cardboard box you might say
He worked as a bird breeder from nine till five
Locals say that talking to his birds is what kept him alive
Woke up early precisely 6 o’clock in the morning
He was deeply dept then received his first warning
The only whiff of happiness he had was his sketch book
All day he sat on a bench just sketching without even taking a second look
Is he weird or just a kind of lonely man lost in a world of great confusion?
The world in which he lives in seems like one big optical illusion
Eventually he taught himself to let his emotions out like a funnel
Maybe he’s finally found the light at the end of the tunnel
But as days go buy he grows older and older
For him these pressures like boulders on his shoulder
Recently mourning the death of his wife that sent him insane
Suffered incredible anguish for which no poem can explain
Suddenly the doors of success opened for him right out of the blue
A famous art collector bought the portraits Kenny drew
Then started seeing his life from a different point of view
The money started pouring through in any form and way
Amazingly he bought his own villa with his art up on display
That painted a picture of the life of Kenny Kay

Submitted: Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Edited: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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