Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ip'id: The Tests of Friendship

I have heard—When Ip’id was a teen, he learned the ways of girls and love from Dahnii; they were willing victims of innocence. She carried brown hair, black pearl eyes and soft looking skin. 

Together they studied, played and talked of the lives they would have as they grew into adulthood - their young minds didn't comprehend old age. They would always say, “We’ll be friends together always.”

One day an older boy whispered into their virgin ears, “Try these black seeds and wine and journey inward and never leave this spot.” He promised delights unlike what they'd experienced before. Ip'id refused. 

Ip’id new something was wrong when Dahnii failed to visit and study with him; he searched for days, then found her dazed and full of false stimulation with the older boy. Before them, Ip'id spoke of their destructive deeds, but Dahnii showed no interest, as Ip'id heard this, his heart grew concerned.  

She remained with the older boy for weeks into months, and with a polluted mind, the older boy soon abandoned her for another. Dahnii was then alone with addictions and frightened. Ip’id never forgot about Dahnii, and heard she sought him out.

After months apart, they faced each other, he shuttered as her once clear dark eyes and fine skin appeared troubled from the inside. The weight of shame lowered her head, unable to make eye contact. She then uttered, "I’m not worthy of your presence or friendship - I was weak and stupid, nor did I listen when you tried to help me."

“To be apart is to learn of our weakness and true love of our friendship,” Ip'id then said, "but tell me, Dahnii, how were those seeds and wine?” her shameful smile affirmed their untiring friendship and her recovery.  

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ip'id: False Profits

At the market, the vendors watched Ip'id empty out his burlap bag of potatoes. He then yelled over and over, "Come and take what you need!" But the vendors cursed him, saying, "You'll put us out of business with no profits!" But Ip'id continued.

Soon, families with children, old men and women, the crippled and blind stepped forward and took potatoes with necessity. Still the vendors heckled and threatened Ip'id which didn't deter him.  

Under the tension, Ip'id's mound of potatoes disappeared by the mouth; and before the sun anchored at mid-morning, he opened his second bag and the same occurred; the vendors retained anger. But Ip'id repeatedly advised they do as he, but they scoffed about profits.

When the market had ended, the angered vendors approached and accused Ip'id of reducing their profits; how can they compete with free food? And how will we feed our families? They said.

Ip'id then said, "Look! This is how." As he pointed to the potatoes the crowd left for them. "As we freely offer and take what is needed, we break the spell of profit and heal starvation." 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ip'id: The Roar of Gossip

For days the villagers had rumored: a respected man was with someone other than his wife. Gossip quickly mounted and spread. 

Soon Ip'id caught an earful by a nosy neighbor, who elaborated on moral principle and his own sound benediction of marriage. 

In response, Ip'id merely said, "Wait." And that was that in his mind. 
The nosy neighbor responded, "Fool! He's proven himself unfaithful - and in public."  
And Ip'id said, "Wait." 

Just then the man in question walked with the women and the nosy neighbor spoke harshly to them." How dare you cheat with this wench, and in public. Shame upon you!" The neighbor turned quickly and triumphantly to Ip'id. "See! Now do you believe me!?!"

"Wait." Ip'id said.
"Ip'id," the respected man recognized his friend, "may I introduce my sister..." he spoke at ease.
A week later, the villagers began gossiping about the nosy neighbor and how he rushed to judgment.