- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On July 11, 2016
- 104 Comments
I’ve hurt and mistreated you over and over
I’ve just about trashed everything we hold dear
I’ve acted as though you were made of stone
I’ve been unfaithful, left you often alone
This is not what I promised you
This is not why you declared, “I do”
This is not where we should be right now
This is not when folks should hear us row
Everyday, I say I’ll give you the moon
Everyday, I make you cry before noon
Everyday, I promise I’ll be a better man
Everyday, I slip and all you see’s a charlatan
Is there some kind of masochist in you?
Is that why you stay when a parting is due?
Is a man like me still worth your time?
Is your life for the wasting, hear the clocks chime?
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2016
I don’t know why I would write a poem like this. I’m usually the positive and optimistic type. But this is what I received and it’s what I’ve shared. If it blesses even one person out there, I’ll be satisfied.
It would be fun, though, if someone could do a response to this poem. The guy in the poem asked a few crucial questions towards the end. Someone up for the challenge of pretending to be the lady addressed and giving him some answers? No profanities, please!
Initially, I meant it to be a poetic challenge but I’m thinking it would limit participation. So I’m throwing it open. Say it in poetry, say it in prose. Give him a proverb, a piece of your mind. He certainly asked for it. But once again, no coarse language, please!
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