WHEN I AM IN TROUBLE
BY PROF Mahamud Siyad Togane
A Negro spiritual
Early in the morning
Just after the false dawn
Just after I pray my daily Dawn Prayer
Just when one can tell
A white cat from a black cat
A white thread from a black thread
Just before I break the fast
I trot out all my troubles
And take them out for a walk
When they do their doo-doo
on the neighbors lawns
As dogs would do
I dump their doo-doo
Into the manhole of the city
Into the sewage system of the Montreal city.
As I walk with Allah
As I talk with Allah
Who is closer to me than my life jugular vein
I sing my morning song of Gratitude and Praise
Which I owe Him
I also sing aloud of His Might and Majesty
I also sing aloud of His Mercy in the morning.
When I return
The troubles follow me
Right back into the house
As loyal dogs would do
And collapse down on the carpet
Into a canine heap of panting thirsty slobbery hungry hanging-out tongues
Since they are now all too pooped out
Like Ina Yay does
When Meles makes him to
Since they all know now I wont brook any barking back-talk
Since they are all now amenable to persuasion
Since they all know now
that I wont take any lip from any of them
Since they are now ready and ripe for the picking
I bring out my Great Big Bertha of a gun
I pick them out
One by one
And put down all of my black dogs out of their misery
Black dog: That is the name Winston Churchill gave to his own haunting depression.
Gratitude and Praise which I owe Him: I Owe the Lord a Morning Song of gratitude and praise is a favorite hymn of mine written by one called Amos Herr (1890)
Ina Yay: The puppet of Meles; The moniker of Abdullahi Yusuf who is now the President of Somalia.
Life jugular vein: The Holy Koran says and I cite: We created man and We [even] know the promptings of his mind. We are closer to him than his life vein. (50:16) And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein.
We created man, and we know what his soul whispers within him; and we are nearer unto him than his jugular vein. (The Holy Quran, [50:16])
"It was We who created man, and We know that dark suggestions his soul makes to him: for We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein." (The Holy Quran, [50:16])
Meles: The puppeteer of the puppet Ina Yay; Ato Meles Zenawi is the current tyrant of Ethiopia whose dream is to always obfuscate, to always frustrate the hope and the dream of every Somali of re-establishing the Somali nation-state.
Mercy in the morning: See Ps 59: 16.