Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Soul Insurance (Part 7 Premiums Due)

Between the collection agency and replacement cost... Part 7 of Soul Insurance (see previously)

VII. Premiums Due


The claims adjuster was about to unleash his latest creation, a new variant
Time was running out for the three tribes and he was getting impatient
As per the umbrella protocol, he'd made sure to duly advise the council
For he was rather set on properly adjudicating the dirty rotten scoundrels

They'd had fair warning, and humanity's continued obstinacy was astounding
Moreover, after the past year, they ought to have known that no one was coming.
So he quite expected the scrutiny of the judicial review to be merely pro-forma
Gathered at the council were the chief gods: Nyame, Nyankopon and Odomankoma

Just then Asase Yaa walked into the Supreme Court to make her representation
The others were startled, and plunged into a state of consternation
For, by her very presence, there was no denying the shameful implication
That divinity in all its forms had not been not making their contributions

"I see here that you are gathered with kangaroo outcomes envisaged for humanity
Even as a not inconsiderable number of their species bear soul insurance policies
Indeed, I myself have issued excessive liability certificates for some, I can attest
What kind of blind justice are you proposing at this stage? Wherefore due process?"

The claims adjuster snorted, this was a dubious argument of the sort
That a newly-appointed prosecutor would have seen thrown out of court
Yet, being delivered by Asase Yaa, with such eloquent simplicity
It seemed to be impressing on the gods a touch of vigilante hesitancy

At length they made to withdraw to confer privately in the Elysian chambers
Much to the disappointment of the claims adjuster, Asase Yaa had stolen his thunder
The sole human observer to the proceedings sat concerned, his face drained of hope
Meanwhile outside, observers were worried, waiting for the white puffs of smoke

While there were no minutes recorded, Dear Reader, of the gods' deliberation
It stands to reason that Nyankopon broke the tie, for it was a split decision
For all intents and purposes, future generations would behold it as a fudge
They'd settled the case on a technical provision like a Republican judge

"We will honor any and all soul insurance liability certificates
If all premiums are fully paid up, as per the auditor's designates
Blanket coverage will not be extended due to humanity's historic neglect
Delinquent accounts should be actively suspended with immediate effect"

"We recognize the temptations of the fruit of knowledge as an attractive nuisance
But recommend that, going forward, humanity's curriculum include honor and obeisance
We've even waived, in this instance, our usual scrutiny of the uninsured as a consensus
Asase Yaa held sway over strenuous objections by Nyame about the fate of the least of us"

The adjuster was not used to being stymied but, then, what could you do?
The only recourse to satisfaction was the detail that he beheld on page two
The ostensible soul insurance provider was a rank outsider
Who went by the name of The Incorrigible Ananse the Spider


No Problem by Lalelani


The elders of the three tribes had been alerted to the impending decision
That they would now have to pay the piper per the judgment was the obligation
The Wan tribe had been chastened by the initial burden of the plague they'd weathered
Their linguist held the position that the premiums were a small price to pay to be sheltered

"If a crop fails, it is part of the risk we assumed, it's not time for disbelief.
And with the kind of losses we've already faced, we are mindful of The Laws of Grief
Remember that the claims adjuster has threatened us with a season of migration
If he can find grounds on which we've welched on any terms and conditions"

The scribes from Agona in the torrid zone had seen the ballooning liability
"We ought to resist nostalgia, and find our soul insurance in community
And build a new world, cherish the day, and have love for one another"
They were mindful about living under the shadow of the claims adjuster

But there was deadlock, the linguists of the Usher tribe still believed,
Ignoring all evidence to the contrary that the rest had perceived,
That they could wiggle out from underneath the contract against all odds
And impress their opinion of the fine print in negotiation with the gods


ananse and the greedy lion


Ananse was playing the long game, he loved this type of two-sided market
Remember, you reap what you sow when it's time to collect the harvest
His favorite business model was toll collecting, he stressed its importance
Moreover he liked his shell games well rigged, he craved their indulgence

He preferred his dice duly loaded, his answers pre-rehearsed
Of their capitalist inclinations, he was, indeed, well versed
His intentions he kept well hidden, it paid to be discreet
But now was the moment of reckoning, he rose up to speak

Call me Captain Obvious but I'm no Goody Two Shoes
Of your Never Never Man tendencies, I see that you can't be disabused
But I, Ananse the Spider, am unmoved and, on this subject, will not relent
When the snake is in the house there's no need to discuss the matter at length

Buyer beware, how many warnings does it take?
You human beings keep making the same mistakes
Living in the torrid zone you should have been mindful of subtle hints
I gave you numerous chances, yet you failed to examine the fine print

Selective amnesia, short term hubris, and wishful thinking
Huhudious behavior all around, and copious palm wine drinking
Discarding the well-worn terrain of the mosquito principle
Acting, for all intents and purposes, as if you were invincible

I can save you from the claims adjuster's wrath, your insurance provider
The end is in sight for this covidious plague, you are soul survivors
I can take you higher, right here on earth, we can build Elysium
Payment is due, all that remains is the matter of your premiums

These trying times have been an object lesson in humanity's curriculum
Throughout, yours truly has been dispensing wisdom, such is my asylum
It's no use moping around now, asking what paradise have we lost?
My brand of soul insurance is fully yours, and at replacement cost

At this, the gathered tribes suddenly realized they were left with no other option
With the threat of the looming claims adjuster, they made to take up collection
After pocketing his fees, Ananse settled the matter, he was proud of his endurance
As usual he would have the last word: "This is the price you pay for soul insurance"


Henkes' Schnapps ad 1969 - beware of imitations

Premiums Due


A soundtrack to this collection notice. (spotify version)
Asase Yaa in fairy garden 2

Soul Insurance (Index)


A covidious folktale
  1. Ananse and the Chief's Scribe
  2. Enter the Claims Adjuster
  3. An Audience with the Linguist
  4. Pity the Mink
  5. Short Sale
  6. Excessive Liabilities
  7. Premiums Due
  8. Soul Insurance, a playlist
All of the forgoing were written in a weeklong burst in March 2021. The original conception was a sonnet but after about 5,000 words, I gave up on brevity.

This bill of goods is part of a series: In a covidious time.

Next: Soul Insurance, a playlist

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Writing log: Part 7 March 27, 2021

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