Death and the King’s Horse
I wrote this piece after reading Wolé Sóyinká’s Death and the King’s Horseman. The play made quite an impression on me (I was in high school when I first read it) and I wanted to put to words some of the complex feelings I had about the play. It is written from the POVs of the king’s horse and the horse’s lover (weird, I know) but I was looking to explore an angle Wolé Sóyinká didn’t. I wondered about the role the King’s favourite horse would play in all that drama, and what if, just what if, the King’s horse was bestowed the “honour” of dying with its King like the King’s horseman? I do realize that the plot would be lost on anyone who hasn’t read or seen the play, but I thought I’d share this piece all the same and I hope someone out there enjoys it!