By Hassan Usman
I still don’t know how you, a star, fell from
the sky into my body.
How you knew there was gloom lurking under
the blackness of my skin.
I caught myself saying I didn’t deserve this light,
this love, this rebirth;
for you, in your luminousness, had chased
every piece of darkness out of me.
I held love in your eyes, not just love but also light
kept holding me back.
You shawled me around your back & led me to where
joy settles in the morning.
& gently, gently, gently, you coloured my footprints
See, it’s only the year that ends, I’ll keep wearing its miracles
& memories like a golden bracelet
—allowing those magical moments we had adorn me.
So I still remember it all, those days you gathered my tears &
morphed them into a sea with sparkling waters,
those nights your voice bloomed the withering roses in my heart,
those months in isolation, & how you still reached for me in
Now, 365days gone, I sit close to your heart, writing you this poem.
Hassan Usman, pen-named Billiospeaks, is 2/4 of Next Generational Poets. He studies Counselor Education at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State. He sees poetry as a way of relieving stress and filling up emptiness.
His works have appeared in The Shallow Tales Review, Write The World, WattNigeria, and elsewhere. He enjoys listening to Nigerian street music and exploring the fashion world.
2/11/2022 01:36:22 pm
This is such a lovely poem. Your love for Aminat was definitely deep. I really enjoyed reading this. Well done Hassan. We attend the same Uni
11/11/2022 04:10:02 pm
This is a great poem, well done usman!
Njikonye Charles Nnamdi
14/11/2022 01:22:33 am
I enjoy reading love poems. *winks*
19/11/2022 08:05:36 am
It’s always so sweet when the poet tells us that there is nothing else they can do but write to their lover 🥰
19/11/2022 09:43:28 am
Reading and writing about love is always the best. No two pieces can ever be written the same way because love is felt and definitely expressed in different ways like two fingerprints can never be the same.
19/11/2022 10:25:09 am
“...You shawled me around your back & led me to where
19/11/2022 10:48:37 am
This poem speaks of something beautiful. Love.
19/11/2022 01:30:30 pm
The lines of the poem is that distinct one, it carries so much weight to Aminat whom the poem was addressed. Just like the poet, we have people that comes into our lives to lurk darkness away from us, give us strength and spread love to us. It indeed is amazing to have such people in our lives whom we cherish and make us a better person.
19/11/2022 03:41:46 pm
Such a beautiful poem. I think love has a way of bringing forward the most beautiful of poems
20/11/2022 04:37:41 am
These lines are short but indeed deep
20/11/2022 12:30:01 pm
This is Beautiful.
20/11/2022 01:32:42 pm
A wise man once said, “at the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.” What then happens when a poet is touched by love? The poem persona here, having been touched by their love for Aminat, who they described as "a star" and "light," known to chase away darkness, metaphor for depression and evil, answers this question for us.
20/11/2022 04:19:57 pm
This is very interesting love poem with beautiful lines and imagery.
20/11/2022 06:21:48 pm
This is a beautiful piece that portrays emotions in its rawest form.
21/11/2022 09:17:55 am
Okay if there is anything to be said, I will first alias this poem "Ismaila" because it made me smile from the very first alphabet till the last punctuation mark. Your word play is really good, got my imaginations on full activity. I can say that with me the poem accomplished all the writer planned.
Ariyo Oluwabunmi Eunice
30/11/2022 03:46:57 am
Finding the right the person in life is like putting the missing part of a puzzle in it's actual place.
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