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217j by anayo1996(m): 9:19pm On Apr 04, 2019
217J was a four cornered rectangular enclosure, saddled with prosaic colours and blighted hope for comfort, and refuge. Along came several periods when the winds were harsh and bashed the shaky dilapidated windows, they were fragile and freckled like the bones of a disentangled and disintegrated being. Fixed in Portable and accessible height of customary design width; with broken louvers hanging tattered with one or two hinges to hold them forth. Seemingly a heavy punch would send them crashing in a light thud, outwards into the wayward grassy plains and inward into the warm enclosure. We were there when the noisy chants and yells reeled through the door; when the shuttering sun basked in its flurry rays through the gaping door and windows, often times possessing mild scouring temperatures; when passer-by of same status banged the metal doors, sending quivers /jitters down your spine if you were a new entrant.
In time we slept in closeness with the rats as they gnawed, squeezing through their ruffled and hairy bodies unduly on us, ululating and squeaking in the dark, bumping and hitting through the darkness, a scary but enthralling feeling you would get.

At first sight or at a glancing view stands a flattened wardrobe made of a common polished material, worked into the walls by design, with lockers for entrants to share. The opposite end possessed dual wardrobes for clothing, and all kind of wears. In time past their enclosure had been broken, and had been used as a flat support system for bags and shoes alike, nailed on both ends , shabbily done and handsomely noticeable. A short stare at it; and there would be a sense or feeling of a mighty fall or collapse, unloading all such baggage, luggage and wears.
In the yanking* wardrobe were tatteredly ordered clothing, filed in a near- say half hazard fashion, It was a house for all clothing, clothing all kinds, for all and for none. Towards the other end of both corners rests some form of kitchen wares, cookeries and utensils in indolent and disorganized fashion, a home for pests and infinitesimal insects. Right at the other corner was spaced for the night: A sniff deeper down at the lower end of the ward robe at this corner would send you a bad omen, it was a favourable refuge for the mosquitoes, that was theirs and nobody was going to wrestle them for it.
Faded painted walls, creamy concrete webbed roofs, plainly polished and battered flooring, were the left overs of definitives that defined 217J.
217J was slated by the stairs that sent you reaching upwards or downwards, that gave you a peculiar feel or sense of pulsating insecurity.
The most frequented occurrence that crept through us was the frequent outages hassled and tossed at our 217J.
Being not the only one within its adjoining series, its reoccurring cases of power outages stroke and confronted us with misdemeanours, and disgruntled outlooks expressed verbally and unequivocally written on our faces.
217J came in sordid, perturbed convenience for temporal refuge as the scenario called and served us. All could have been foretold and told but were seen in action of overbearing glimmering and glittering memories, simmering and wavering as time slowly crept by.
Two years had passed; and by acts of managerial interventions, metal detachable beds and plastic foams were driven in, piled on one end. Consented rallying and scurry efforts were made, in a short time 217 was seen carrying a different outlook.
Of all reasons and reasons, the most poignant and pivotal was its offerance of refuge, it was shelter; a roof above the head.
So much could be told of 217j. A few things to tell about 217j were never too much to tell.

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