By Janine Nwafor
First I saw your steely eyes
blue as the sea and as the skies
you make me feel paralysed
unlike all the other guys
I wont let you pass me by
wont let you go without a try
see, I caught your eyes
do you think I am fly?
We're probably meant to be
give it a try and you will see
everything that's happening
is meant to favor you and me
I see you looking
you know what you're doing
what you waiting for?
make me your paramour…
by Cynthia Jusi
In yesterday's crowd you stopped my heart's hurried pace.
Through all that chaos you made mine a distinct face.
The thoughts in your head echoed mine like a town crier's gong.
My emotions you said filled you like harmattan breeze in your lungs.
From across the room I felt we made a pact.
Holding on to your smiles as a testament to that fact.
I felt your heart beat in tandem to mine – a connection beyond mere friendship.
My wayward heart rejoined in such a fellowship.
That's when I turned and looked behind me.
To realise it's not me you see.
I had been a sweet nothing…
A stranger in your lovers line of view.
In my heart we had been a big something.
But right before my eyes you show me I'm a significant Nothing!
I stare blindly at a starless sky
Wondering why you ever made me cry
The pain won't have been hidden if you just looked into my heart
Instead your gaze took another path
When our eyes met, I thought you'd see
That from you I did not want to be free
My only anesthetic was you not knowing the feelings I had to hide
Relief came when I thought you would always be by my side
When you held your hands out towards me
I jumped into them convinced we were meant to be
Then I hit the dirt fact first
I had missed your embrace by a hairs breathe
Realized that I had been a significant nothing
Just standing in for your important something.
*** It's been a long while I did any writing so guess this sucks. But I had to do this cause I've carried this feelings around for days. I'm writing this for that my particular friend who showed me not quite a few days ago that I was a significant Nothing! Though he will always be my peculiar friend cos I've got nothing against him but I'm glad he showed me that I can't always be an important 'Something' in everyone's life***
Never fall in love, so said the sage to me
Tis only fools that play in the arena of emotions
Where darkness abounds and loneliness preys
Never, said he, be taken with the comeliness of a fair maiden.
So I strove his mandate to keep
Battling daily this war to win
The spasmic bouts my tongue endures
The seismic shocks my heart weathers
When this angelic sylph passes by
Oblivious to the pangs she arouses.
His counsels I hopelessly fail
My feet drags in shame
For I had withstood cupid and lasted a moment
And then captive, the child had made me
So I returned me to the sage
His wisdom, my freedom from this entanglement
A shocker rudely awakens
Even the sage was not immune
As the arrow his heart had pierced
Destroyed without a fight left in me
I submit in humble surrender
Twas then another dimension opened
Though fools be them that fall in love
The gentle touch of a lady matures him
Her smile uplifts him above the vicissitudes he encounters
And so it dawns,
Though the sage counselled against love
Even he had no defence
For love… It is the best feeling…
by feyisayo adeyemi
I want you
To be my sun –
Shining through the darkest of nights
My moon – light on my path
That cool breeze after the rain
Air rich in earth; belch of worms’ delight
I want you
To be my nourishment
The horoscope that favours my growth
Yearning; hunger for you
Tender beauty the butterfly told of
I want you
To be love
As the heart purely knows
It to be!
* Thanks ‘Periwinkle’….#Uknowurself
P.S – The writer is on SINGular lol
by Oyenwen Odia
It’s my heart’s desire
To be the kind of friend you require
To stand by you when all have fled
With me you’ll never be misled
I’ll speak those gentle words of love
To strengthen you when times are rough
For it breaks my heart, precious one
To see you struggle in so much pain
When your words are inadequate
I ask for the chance to be your advocate
I’ll fight for you, stand at your end
Lifting you up with my own right hand.
I’ll hold you close, holding nothing back
I’ll walk with you, carrying you when your strength is gone
I’ll be there for you, this I promise you
And in return, I ask for only one thing
SAY YES TO ME.
First kisses could be sloppy
Wet and harried like new born puppies
Bittersweet, yet lovely
Once tasted, forever remembered
Lives not more than fleeting seconds
A meeting of flesh that quickens heartbeat;
What best explains the word ‘excitement’?
The pink towel springs and thrusts
So bold a thing, it explores
Deep and deeper, in and out
Journey it through creeks and valleys
But in the end, it’s all the same
Hot humid air ends the game
P.S One of my very first documented poems written when imagination was all I had
for company. Always planned to publish it on a valentine’s day but sometimes things
don’t go the way you plan them. So, this pretty thing has been gathering dust in my
archives (I kid myself, lol!) for 9 years or thereabouts. Hope you loved it? Have a
‘love-ly’ val’s day *winks*.
by Opeyemi Odeyale
They said love was blind
I heard what they said
I have been hearing it since I was little
They said love was blind
And love conquers all
That love sees no fault
And would always find a way
I heard love begets love
That all’s fair in love
And that it glows even in the darkest times
The course of love never did run smooth
Love comes in at the window
And out at the door
Love creates loneliness
Shatters dreams, creates false hopes
Tis better to have loved and lost
Than not to have loved at all