Jolomi Amuka

Rookie (Lagos)

Waiting On Forever - Poem by Jolomi Amuka

I saw you once,
When there were no such things as strangers,
You played your guitar,
Singing like a great white under attack,
My feet echoing your ocean like waves,
As my soul aggressively refuses earth's
warm embrace.
We rocked back and forth,
You kept playing till the next stop,
Terrified by the shared attention,
Your eyes chanting two terrifying words,
Don't wait.
Then you whispered,
Don't wait on forever,
For I will leave you soon,
But I sat still.
My past has always warned me about
Foolery, a special being as you,
A vulnerable man's dreaded fear,
I wanted more,
But O, I wouldn't dare,
My insecurities hold, no bounds
A useless desire snipped by timidity.
Now I miss you,
Wish I gave life a chance,
Then the train stops,
Leaving me with endless thoughts,
What happened to spontaneity,
Why didn't I dance?

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 10, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, February 11, 2013

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