Jay sat alone in the dark. He was brooding.
His father had often gone to the field to meditate.But that was a long time ago, his father was long gone. Here he was on a hill knowing his own clan could be extinct by dawn. He had always been able to think his way out of tight situations, but this time was different, he was facing his nemesis.
“Karma is indeed a b….!” he muttered under his breath.
Suddenly, he felt a presence behind him. He cursed silently, because he had come here unarmed. He still remembered the self defense lessons his brother had taught him a long time ago, and was sure he could hold his own in unarmed combat. He turned around swiftly and did a Kumi Dachi (Fighting Stance). A hooded man glided towards him.
Jay waited for the man to get close, then he did a Mae geri keage (front snap kick) and followed up with a Mawashi Geri (Roundhouse Kick)…he missed. He did a lead leg feint, then a Mawashi Geri and Ura Ushiro Mawashi Geri (Spinning Reverse Roundhouse Kick), the stranger blocked and threw Jay off balance.
Jay got up and came at the stranger with a Mae-ashi mawashi geri (Front roundhouse kick with front leg) and then Ashi barai (Foot sweep). The stranger side stepped and Jay felt the kick before he saw it. His brain rattled in his head as the Mikazuki Geri (Crescent Kick) connected to his head.
Jay took a boxing stance, he needed to end the fight now.
Jab, Jab, left cross…missed
Jab, Jab, left hook…missed
Jab, Cross, Left hook….missed
Jab, Jab, Mawashi Geri….blocked, and the man slapped him across the face.
Jay changed stance again, he did a Mae Geri Keage, another Mae Geri Keage and Kakato Otoshi Geri (Axe Kick)……the stranger side stepped and did a Mae-ashi mawashi geri (Front roundhouse kick with front leg), Jay’s right hip shifted.
“Who are you?” Jay screamed in a mixture of fear and pain.
The stranger stood silently watching him. Jay hobbled towards the stranger and grabbed him, “who are you?” he screamed again.
“Let me go, for it is daybreak,” the stranger whispered. The stranger’s voice sounded like ocean waves crashing on rocks.
“I won’t let you go unless you help me,” Jay shouted.
“What is your name?”
Then the stranger said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”
Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”
But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.
So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”
The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.
Hey,….. this is what me saw when me read it.
Jah bless thee, and one love!!!
Olumide Holloway aka King Olulu, not from Zulu (c)