Sunday, February 08, 2009

Evil Dog Deeds

A person has got to die of something. Most people would be quite happy to die on their own beds, in old age, surrounded by loved ones.

Of course there are people who don't think it is necessary to grow old, because of the possibility of becoming a burden on other people. Dying in one's own bed in old age, as desirable as it is has a way of eluding most people. But of all the possible ways of dying, I think the worst is being killed and possibly partly-eaten by a lousy dog.

Personally, I still don't see why there is no legislation against people owning dogs at all, or at least, there ought to be a ban on people with babies and toddlers from owing dogs. I have been numb again this weekend when I read about Jaden Mack, a three and half month baby boy mauled to death by two family dogs - a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and a Jack Russell at his grandmother's home in Ystrad Mynach, South Wales.

Archie-Lee Hirst pictured top right was also killed by a Rottweiler. The beast snatched him from the arms of his seven-year-old aunt in the yard of a house in Chald Lane, Wakefield.

These are just two of thousands of cases around the world about dogs killing babies and toddlers.
I appreciate that dog lovers will find my views on this offensive, but I strongly believe that dogs should not share living spaces with human beings, especially so with little ones who cannot defend themselves against the canine weapons of baby destruction.

---- Nnorom Azuonye

Monday, February 02, 2009

Old Score

Old Score
a short story by
Nnorom Azuonye

The flippancy of men is visited upon their children.

As a young boy, Ugo was beaten in a wrestling match by Ogele. Over the next few months after that match, Ogele tormented and humiliated Ugo over his loss until Ugo challenged him to a rematch several months ahead of the New Yam Festival of which the wrestling match formed a part. To strengthen his challenge, Ugo wagered his father's land as the trophy Ogele would win if he beat him. However, circumstances beyond Ugo's control take him away from the village for many years until a dying Ogele reminds Ugo of their outstanding showdown. But neither of them is in any shape to settle this old score.

This story was publishedin Sentinel Literary Quarterly Vol.2 No.2, January 2009
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Nnorom Azuonye