Vagrancy, Permanence and the Sense of Home 7
This is the final instalment of the song Fishing for Our Father. We’ll recall that the slave-narrator had set out at the start of the rainy season in search of freedom. Towards the end of the season he finds himself in the village of Gbandiwo, where he witnesses the arrival of the trapper Nepoh and his wife Talogbe. As the seasons change and years go by a son is born to Talogbe and Nepoh, and Gbandiwo morphs into Seigbema (Segbwema, for some people).
Out of nowhere appears Fawonde, an apprentice-trapper Nepoh had left back in his home town. He’s a young man, which is to say full of passion and not a little rash. The young are told to follow their passion; Fawonde’s is meat. Him going into trapping has nothing to do with the mystery of the forest or the desire to provide for others. Fawonde had gone into trapping because meat is his only passion, a very selfish and all-consuming passion. and it’s that passion that proves to be his undoing.
Enjoy the song. Another post will follow in the next few days to discuss a little more ( and hopefully for the last time) the passions and desires that are the themes in the song.