LETTER TO AMAKA
By Kamiludeen Hamsat
I have run the race of heart,
Distinctly in different regions and stances.
To walk over anguish and despair after sincere rejections;
And forsake what I wanted to possess.
To live and keep living even when living isn't worth it again.
I know the pain.
Allow me to yearn you what I felt of you
and for you, the day you broadcasted your love,
Through media and casted ear-to-ear rumors.
Would I forget the gossip of us on the streets?
I would lie that I have ditto emotions for you.
My lies are sincere if you would believe.
Very hard to let you go now-
Because of the acquaintance of your visibility after the lies.
Your sweet words that stays aloof the ocean;
Dress and dance with tides to the aesthetic shore.
Do you remember that day you sang melodiously
Like a nightingale, in the once a while twilight?
All these memories are of the villain.
I kept lying to you over and over because of them.
Amaka, both of us tied the ribbons at eve,
But I have forgotten to open up that I never loved you.
I am sorry.
Yours in unfaithful love, but sincere friendship.
Kamiludeen Hamsat is a Law student at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State. He is a seasoned writer and a freelance poet.
He was raised by a single mother, due to the death of his father at a tender age, which drew a new life for him - a voluntary solicited solitude life. This new norm led to his desire to be a writer, throughout his secondary school days.
His hobbies are reading, writing, and freelance arguments. His dream is to become a reputable judge and internationally known poet.
28/2/2022 10:23:10 am
The poem's persona is a person who had misled a girl, Amaka, into believing that they reciprocate the love she has for them (it is not clear the gender of the persona, though considering the heteronormative nature of the socio-cultural setting of the author, it's easier to assume that the persona is male). The persona would later towards the end reveal that they never loved Amaka, at least, not in the way Amaka had wanted.
28/2/2022 11:46:08 am
This piece is a reminder that love can be one-sided though it shouldn't be.
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