By Moshkur Ajikobi
after Timi Sanni
Days were shifting for the nights.
I was there on the phone,
puffing promises to her ears--
the same broken promises of together-forever
she filled the hollow of my ears with.
We built a family of five—three children
plus us—on the phone, in truth-alike imagination.
We saw ourselves in an illusion
that portrayed us the congenial couples.
Nights were shifting for days.
I was still on the phone,
listening to the same fake promises
with the happiness that the morning sun
had never dreamed of.
Those nights, those days,
she was only experimenting my love
in her hardened heart.
My love was a specimen.
Those days, those nights,
I was dating myself.
Moshkur Ajikobi (fondly called P-Seven) is a Nigerian poet, writer, and advocate of Islamic literature. His work appears or is forthcoming in The Kalahari Review, TVO Tribe, Almir'aat Magazine, Punk Noir Magazine, Lunch Break Zine, Rather Quiet, Coven Poetry, Riverbed Review, Brown Bag Online, Eremite Poetry, OneBlackBoyLikeThat Review and elsewhere.
Nwodom Andy Daniel
10/5/2023 01:12:29 am
There is a kind of expectation cut shot here. All the promises and expectations were all not accomplished.
14/5/2023 12:19:46 pm
Indeed, this poem will leave a mark in the mind of any one who comes across it, as, a great number of us have had a close experience where we think we are in love, only to find that we are alone in love.
Saliu Waliyat Ayomiotan
15/5/2023 12:28:41 pm
This poem succinctly captures the sorrow of a jilted lover.
16/5/2023 12:06:02 pm
16/5/2023 12:16:25 pm
Apology not accepted! Lol
18/5/2023 07:39:31 am
This is beautiful. The Imagery used there is epic
22/5/2023 11:14:52 pm
A short, relatable poem that captures the pains that comes with unrequited love. I believe we all at some point have been victims of unrequited love so what's there not to love about this poem?
27/5/2023 09:52:35 am
"My love was a specimen" must have hurt to write down. Reading this as someone who has had their love treated just like a specimen, I can truly say I can relate to it.
31/5/2023 12:11:02 pm
A great number of people can relate to this particular feeling. It makes you question yourself about the responses you got, you'd try to clarify if you dreamt about how compatible you both felt.
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