David Munene wa Kimberly

(06th January 1986 / Kalimoni, Kenya)

Learnt Hurting Me


You have learnt how to hurt me
Repeatedly without perpetual apologies
You love disrespecting me in the boardroom
And respecting me in the bedroom
You scold me with a shout
And ‘apologize’ in a whisper
My love for you is my worm
Eats me from the inside of my aorta
Chokes me from within my bronchi
I still pump and exhale shamelessly

I fear that I am slowly learning
How to live with your hurting me
Aye, I admit to being a slow one
A daft, you may even say
But when this lesson concludes
And I have reviewed the notes
I may never ever unlearn
For your curriculum will never evolve
Beyond my capacity to learn
And your syllabus shall be obsolete

When that time comes
I will love how you hurt me
Embrace your hurting me with passion
Consummate the love with immunity
Aye, I shall respond nay
To the pain tearing me apart today
For where your respect for me commences,
There my love for you sincerely does
And where your disrespect starts,
There my ‘foolish’ love shrivels

Submitted: Friday, September 06, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 09, 2013

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Disrespected me in my sister's presence

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