One song


This picture was captured from a clip I watched on Facebook a few weeks ago. It was such a profound experience watching this woman work magic with that guitar, and it inspired a story out of me. My very first Flash piece …


One song

Nceda, Theresa … just one song.”

She hid behind her hands and shook her head slowly from side to side, like a shy virgin on her wedding night. Through her fingers, she peeped into the camera lens. “Kuphela enye?” Just one?

Ewe,” the man affirmed in his terrible Xhosa. The rest of the crew behind him nodded in unison.

Securing the guitar beneath her right armpit, Theresa began to play.

The cameraman rose from his crouch, camera forgotten on the tripod; his astonishment mirrored that of the entire crew. Theresa had seen it before.

The first time she saw such awe, she was only fifteen and her folks had taken her to play at the local inn. She was only seven when she started playing with the old guitar Dada kept hanging in his room – a gift from a former Portuguese boss. ‘Odeku’ hung by the strap on the wall, its stringed nose angled downwards. And Theresa stood on tiptoes and tugged at the strings.

She was gifted, Dada said, and so they took her to play many times at the Ingonyama’s palace and that one time at the inn. Richie was in the crowd that day. A few visits and many promises later, she was with a group of girls en route Jo’Burg where Richie said they would ‘blow’.

Blow, she did – the drugs, liquor, split lips and broken arms blew her mind, body and soul. And a ‘forever’ later, she returned with one suitcase and a viral infection to an empty home.

And so she turned back to ‘Odeku’.

“It isn’t just her obvious talent,” the CNN African Story anchor was saying into the camera, “it’s the ease – near boredom in fact – with which she makes such beautiful music.”

A Flash, by the way, is a really short story, usually anywhere between 20 and 500 words. ‘One song’ was also featured on ShortSharpShot … see it here

If you loved it or not, say something about it below. And depending on your feedback, I just might do this again. 

Thank you 🙂


11 replies added

  1. Ezinma Ukairo Ukpai May 27, 2015 Reply

    and he does it again…making me feel like i’m righy there in the audience and everything is happening before me. You are good!

    • Chisom May 27, 2015 Reply

      *macho blushes* lol. Thank you, Ezinma … you’re too kind.

  2. Chisom May 27, 2015 Reply

    Hehehehe…thanks Yem-yem. Sometimes ehn, I wonder: those who take it a step at a time, crawling painstakingly towards stardom and those who ‘blow’ in one fated moment, who has it better?
    Cos it really hurts to imagine what returning penniless to dust would feel like, after one has tasted stardom

    • Chisom May 27, 2015 Reply

      Yeah, I figured you meant that. Grace to grass to weed indeed … LMAO. I agree with you joor, if only we would learn from the mistakes of those gone before us. Smh

  3. JayChioma May 30, 2015 Reply

    How come i didn’t see this post till now? This is totally awesome!! 🙂

    Poor lady tho…if only she knew… 🙁

    • Chisom June 1, 2015 Reply

      I was waiting for you ni!

      Yeah, if only … that’s the story of many a ‘wasted’ life, isn’t it?

      Thanks for reading, Jay, and liking…and commenting. 🙂

  4. Tomicity May 31, 2015 Reply

    Seamlessly done… You just have your way of condensing information in a few, albeit easy to follow lines

    • Chisom June 1, 2015 Reply

      That was hard, man … but it’s the sweet thing about Flash, isn’t it? Forcing you to condense, trim, take out all the ‘wasted’ words. I am so glad you loved it, Tom. Thanks

  5. Chisom June 1, 2015 Reply

    Spark from the Flash abi? Lol…you be badt guy. Thanks man

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