- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On February 11, 2017
- 104 Comments
Usually, when I write a poem, I attach a commentary or reflection to it. But this time around, I want you my dear readers to run the commentary on this one. All I can add is that which is obvious (for the avoidance of doubt). The poem was inspired by my husband, Richard, who by God’s grace, is doing a superb job of loving me. His love reminds me daily of how Christ loves the church. Enjoy and share your impressions.
WHAT TRUE LOVE LOOKS LIKE
You cherish me, you celebrate me
You support my passion and my job
You ask me how everything is going
‘Cause you want to make things better
You give me peace and sweet rest
Not wahala* and sleepless nights
You know how far to insist on a thing
So as not to jeopardise our accord
Though our culture is patriarchal
You allow me to be sincerely me
You don’t impose on me as lord
You acknowledge my beautiful ideas
You listen to me and you remember
When I say, “This is what I long for”
You put your money where your mouth is
You never make empty promises
You’ve been consistent in loving me
Your love does not wax and wane
You pray about it when I hurt you
You don’t contrive to hurt me back
As I think today of how you love me
I realise with joy and thankfulness
This is what true love looks like
True, selfless, deep, affirming love!!!
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2017
*wahala is Pidgin English for trouble
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