How to Fall in Love Again in August
they all look the same to you.
aunty Yetunde has repeated
'beware' like they were dogs,
always on heat.
prancing on their hind-limbs,
looking for a game to play;
but you're a woman, not a bitch.
papa said; 'they are passing cars.'
they'll fade into thin air
as soon as they appear.
changing colors like clothes.
gifting them a heart
will mean digging early graves;
but you're a woman, not Santa.
August brings the fifth man
to your doorstep.
'I'm not like the others'
he whispers into your ear,
as your bodies snuggle together
under a sky filled with stars.
but you know;
fates are not what you believe
in, neither are faith.
they don't align with the sky,
to birth signs;
besides, you're a woman,
not a believer.
you pick up shards of your broken heart/ interwoven with bleak memories/
/you open doors you had shut/ clean out the dust/ even a dog love clean sheets.
you mount your oars to sail forbidden waters/
/blind to the knowledge of tomorrow /prepared to dance once, twice and thrice offbeat;
since no one knows how long the music will last.
Rachel Rabo Magaji also known as dr’rae, is a writer, singer, page and spoken words poet, digital marketer, photographer and environmentalist. She’s a graduate of Environmental Management at Kaduna State University, Nigeria.
Her literary work has been featured in hedgerow #130, haikuniverse, femku issue 21 and abbyamam's blog.
Connect with her on Instagram: @dr_raeee Twitter:@rachierabson Facebook: Magaji Rachel
2/5/2020 08:22:02 pm
3/5/2020 06:30:34 am
The poet in very simple diction paints a very complex subject matter in apt imageries. Much justice was done to the use of simile, metaphor and personification amongst others. The poets treats the subject of relationship in a way that would make the reader's mind soar for a long time.
9/5/2020 12:10:35 am
I love it, it was simple yet straight to point. A lesson in a lesson
9/5/2020 11:35:15 am
The title is like a canvas which the poet tried using carefully picked out words, laced with poetic devices to paint a picture of how predictable romantic relationships are these days. It's a nice piece which I enjoyed reading.
20/5/2020 02:32:28 pm
A really nice write up with an excellent use of imageries and also did justice to the use if simile, metaphor and personification. It is equally simple, straightforward and intriguing.
21/5/2020 07:04:41 am
Nice work, very creative and imaginative. I can literally see the picture painted from the words, I feel even the connection from things that happen everyday in our lives, and oh I feel like am reading myself to me... how embarrassing and beautiful too
21/5/2020 02:31:51 pm
This is the shoe ladies put themselves into. Waiting for that perfect man to arrive, in the waiting room, you close the doors to other men. Aunty is now growing old, she's lamenting. Aunty has forgotten that no perfect man is on earth, except she would go to Mars, or create one herself. Aunty has grown old oo, and men are no more coming, so she has no other choice than to leave the door open, even for flies to enter.
21/5/2020 09:02:08 pm
Lovely write up, I love the choice of words.
22/5/2020 07:31:38 pm
These are beautiful words that speak in a distinct manner to the soul. Nice diction and brilliant use of imageries.
25/5/2020 04:42:23 pm
This poem is a painting of hope in the sky of hopelessness, like a believer who isn't aware he is. Rachel has successfully explored a critical matter of love and loving with her poetry.
28/5/2020 06:48:21 pm
This poem smacks of beauty.
29/5/2020 03:33:33 am
thanks guys for your sincerity. I am glad the message was understood.
31/5/2020 07:38:48 pm
This is very beautiful. There's coherence in the descriptions and that made the words sit in an orderly fashion in my mind as I read.
12/6/2020 09:33:40 pm
Wow, Rachel this is very beautiful and laden with deep FOS. The message was simple and subtle too.
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