STAY WITH ME (POEM)
When love is mutual and constant, it makes one feel rapturous and fulfilled, otherwise, it is so agonising and leaves a haunting effect on the yearning heart. This poem attempts to capture the latter and I hereby present two versions of it. I hope it provides you with some food for thought.
I sing to you, my love
I sing as my heart hurts tremendously
Stay with me and
cause my singing over you to ring out joyfully
Stay with me forever
Look no more to strangers
Stay with me
I sing to you, my love, I sing as my heart hurts tremendously
I sing with pain tinged with hope that holds out wondrously
What is my flaw that you keep wandering away intermittently?
Is it that I love you too much or that I love you so consistently?
Is it that I protect you from harm or provide for you faithfully?
Why do you only remember me when trouble comes dreadfully?
Please stay with me and look no more to strangers flirtatiously
Stay with me in submission, doing all I tell you conscientiously
Listen no more to he who says he’ll garnish your life fabulously
He feeds you with lies and wants you to always act pompously
He is after your soul but I came to give you life more abundantly
I want to love you now and hereafter, raise you up triumphantly
Stay with me and cause my singing over you to ring out joyfully
Stay with me so our love can draw men to its circle powerfully
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2016
Inspired largely by the Bible book of Hosea and some of my favourite scriptures a few of which are listed here as rendered in the King James Version:
“The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”
“… the devil …. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
“And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
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