The ballad of Nalum by Johnson Oyeniran
Under a Sakura tree on a warm and pleasant day,
Sat a battle hardened soldier, trying to stay awake.
''Arise, you must stay vigilant'' muttered the combatant,
''Or youll suffer the same fate as private Melicent.''
But her eyes grew weary then she fell into a deep sleep,
Before the enemy quietly slipped into their keep.
They were bested by ruthless devils more savage than beast,
All the while the sleeping soldier slumbered against a tree.
Luckily for her, she was mistaken for a body,
So they left her be and continued with their killing spree.
Time passed since the enemy took the army by surprise,
They outnumbered them nine to two and left not one alive.
When the enemy were done having the time of their lives,
They merrily marched home with plunder and kukri knives.
In the midst of her fallen comrades, the soldier woke up,
In a state of shock at what she had just seen, she choked up.
''This isnt a prank nor am i dreaming'' wailed the soldier,
''My...brothers and sisters in arms are six feet under!''
''Before long, their mangled corpses will be food for scavengers,
Then nature will bury whats left of these warriors.''
Alone and orderless, the soldier randomly went west,
A tragic choice she would ultimately come to regret.
Now up ahead, roughly half a kilometer away,
Was the entire enemy, camping beside a great lake.
''This can not be happening'', whispered the protagonist,
''How did I end up near the camp of these terrorist?!''
But before she could try to sneak away, she got captured,
Embarrassed by her mistake, the soldier felt so awkward.
After hours of abuse, she was brought before their leader,
He demanded to know how she survived their massacre.
However, the female soldier preferred to stay silent,
Which caused the commander to get extremely violent.
He ordered his guard to pluck out one of her amber eyes,
And use an urumi to render asunder her thighs.
She was no stranger to torture and refused make a sound,
Though she was covered in a pool of her blood in the ground.
Her hands were bound in bronze chains by the commanders order,
But little did he know he had made a deadly error.
Whilst a male guard lead her to a human sized cage at night
She slipped out her chains once she saw he was preoccupied.
Immediately, she wrapped her chains around the guards neck,
Fueled by rage, she choked him with her might till he dropped dead.
Nearby was a deep hole she used to conceal the dead guard,
But first, she took his uniform and cut off his male part.
Later, she blended in with her enemy in disguise,
Her plan was to destroy them all with a fatal device.
Now in an empty tent, she performed a ritual,
Her special blood was needed to make her wish possible.
Soon after,12 ghostly heads hovered out of her symbol,
They were ancient wish granters who were all ethereal.
''Your request?'' asked the 12 heads floating in the air,
''Fashion me a bomb'', begged the female soldier in despair.
''As you wish'', answered the 12 heads she summoned from heaven,
''With this, Ill avenge them'', declared the servicewoman.
Just then, word had quickly spread that the soldier had escaped,
So the enemy searched high and low for her in great haste.
Suddenly, they were bewitched by the soldier's melody,
One by one, they mindlessly marched to her tent, slowly.
Out stepped the female soldier standing firm and unafraid,
Wrapped around her body, was the bomb the 12 heads had made.
At the cost of her life, she ignited her lethal bomb,
And at last, the whole enemy both small and great, was gone.
Nalum, Nalum the brave and mighty female warrior!
May your story live on within my poem forever!