Jolomi Amuka

Rookie (Lagos)

Like Mommy, Like Mother, Mom - Poem by Jolomi Amuka

I saw you once,
For a second our eyes touched agape,
Mother, Sister, Lifetime, God.
Your prodigal son never returned,
Engrossed by his selfish wants.
If only he cared enough,
He would have seen, what endings bring.
This is,
Time's untimely revenge,
A young man's pride fueled by,
Wants and greed.
Unwilling,
He walks back home,
Only to see you in your favorite night gown
Illuminated in watery red.
It wasn't his fault,
Needless to say, he didn't try enough-
Never listened to your rare words,
Yet in hope, un-surceasing Prayers,
Shall yield your grace.
Retroviridae was his compound name,
The cruel beast who killed your flame.
I know; let you go I must
For now, and till then, I leave you a note.
Saying, Hello,
My dear Akos.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 11, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 12, 2013


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