KAKALABANDA...By George W Kiwanuka

In the deceptively quiet backdrop of intense winds, falling rustling leaves
You clutched your rosaries and  bibles in grim silent fear
'Shut your Eyes' 'Don't peek or speak'-divinely echoed internally
The clack sound of bone and wood against the dorm floor availed your cue
You repented and said a silent earnest prayer for instant sleep
Recalling Muwanga's horrid prescient natter
Earlier in the bright sunny secure blanket of day

The uninvited terror thirsty night guests - ghastly apparitions
carried with them slappy treats for the naughty boys
and much too often made off with their valuables to the obscure world beyond
Woe unto he whose curiosity tricked him into opening his eyes,
Legend had it that Kakalabanda liked such rebels most
and often carried them away never to be seen again.

@Georgewkiwanuka


*Kakalabanda is a popular urban myth in Ugandan traditional boarding schools. It was the name given to a ghost which allegedly visited dormitories at night to discipline the naughty or to visit  students with distinct spiritual attachment from home.
*The Muwanga referred to in stanza 1was a good friend and my dorm captain. He succumbed to an unfortunate mob justice incident in 2012. Rest in peace man

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