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KayKa's Songs - Prologue

Updated: Sep 24, 2020

Everything revolves around the sand storms here in Sand Island. Who eats, and who starves. Who’s the leader, and who’s a servant. Who’s blind, and who has vision. Who dies, and who’s born. Time stops with the arrival of the sand and time moves when the sand disappears. Death hides and crawls between the grains of flying sand, and the breeze of life reappears from beneath the shadows and echos of the sand long after it leaves. No one can survive the sand storms. The sand is suffocating and blinding. No one can grasp a single breath and no one can gaze into it. It’s fatally painful. It scratches the skin and reveals nerve and muscle tissues. It burns the entire body like fire and makes men and women lose their minds seeking mercy from death itself. Twice a year, or what seems to be a year, the sand comes and traps the islanders in their caves for up to a hundred moons and suns.

Inside their caves, the islanders live a life of darkness, starvation, terror, and hope. Every now and then, lizards, insects, mice, and birds crawl through the cracks of the caves terrified from the sandstorms seeking calm shelter only to find themselves hunted by the very hungry islanders. Every sandstorm or two or three, the islanders lose a fellow islander due to age, illnesses, miscarriages, and occasionally, terrifying murders. With each loss of an islander, a silent gloomy feast occurs. As long as the sandstorms are in charge, the islanders never stop singing. They sing to the sand begging it to throw lizards and birds into their caves (song of hunger). They sing to the sand begging it to not pile up in all the caves’ entrances and bury them alive (song of fear). They sing to the sand begging for their small ponds of water not to run out of its treasures (song of thirst). They sing to the sand begging for forgiveness after one of their shameful feasts (song of guilt). They sing to the sand begging it to go away when it lasts longer than it usually does (song of mercy). They sing to the sand begging it to leave food and fortune on its way out (song of hope).

When the sand goes away, black rain pours from the skies and carries sand, dust, and ashes down to the ground. Showers last no more than two or three moons. The trapped islanders start to feel the moisture in the walls of their caves, and that’s how they know that it’s finally safe to dig themselves out of their caves.

Every time the sand disappears the islanders never find their world the way it used to be before the sand’s arrival. Their world outside their caves keeps changing with every sandstorm. New terrain, new dunes, new small ponds, new eggs holes to dig, new rocks to play with, newly born islanders to nurture, new islander’s bones and skull to barter, and new leaders to follow.

After spending more than a hundred moons in the dark shadows of the caves, the islanders take some time before they run into the open beneath the sun. The moon’s light is more than enough for them to move around and see their world.

Starvation always casts its shadow on the islanders even after the disappearance of the sandstorms, however, the clear air they breath, the moon’s light, and the tranquility of the sky has always been satisfying enough for their bodies and minds not to ask for more nutrients. The islanders keep singing every night for the sandstorms not to come back again.

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KayKa's Songs is a story about the survival of men, women, music, and gods.

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