Each time i take a look at the artwork titled Ase Pamo (Hidden Deeds) by Israel Padonu, I am gripped by the chin on the reality ahead. The poem accompanying the artwork does it even more. For me, it is an indisputable fact that we shall all get to that stage of our lives where the outer beauty fades away with an armour of wrinkles, but beneath that skin lies the beauty – intact.

If you know this truth, you will desist from been too hard on aged people based on their fragility and looks – because you will get there too. Please, enjoy the poem and artwork (Ase Pamo – Hidden Deeds) as produced by my brother, Israel Padonu.


Come a little closer,
Take a closer look,
Look at these wrinkles,
Have you?

For when Nature take its toll,
And I need a hand to take a step,
When I shrink and my skin sinks into my bones,
Don’t make faces of disgust;

Caution my grandchildren and the greats,
For the beauty still lies where it has always been;
For it’s only my skin that has gone wrinkled,
My heart has always grown bigger,

Until the day this fragile frame can no longer hold;
Then Shall my heart grow wings and fly into the sun,
Then shall you truly realise that LIFE is a circle;
And very soon your children shall WATCH YOU BECOME ME.

Medium: Blue, Red and Black Ballpoint Pen (Biro) on Eggshell Card.
Size: 26cm x 26cm.

I was Inspired to make this piece through the so common remarks about old age and how we sometimes feel so burdened that we subconsciously wished for their demise. I witnessed how an aged grandmother tried effortlessly to defend herself against her daughter-in-law and grandchildren, just because she had done something childish and awkward. Preach this gospel of love and tolerance, even if the mere sight of those wrinkles disgust you, call out at the humanity in you and love with the whole of your being; for someday, sooner or later, it would be your turn!

Israel Padonu

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God bless you.
u 2018

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Rebecca Maulome Padonu is an enthusiastic writer with a soft spot for factions. A RubyWrites 2016 finalist. She has completed several freelance writing projects, including BBC Media Action’s Drama series, Story Story (series 32 & 33).

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