SAY: FOR THE ONE I LOST | A SHORT EMOTIONAL POEM

2019-06-14T23:02:46+01:00By |Poetry|0 Comments

For a while, poetry looked like she bade me bye and went on a short vacay. I let her cruise to her fill but today she tugged at me and whispered to my ears as we sat on the boat of the subconscious, “tell Esther, write today, tell them what I tell you of my fears about tomorrow for I can’t guarantee how long I will be with you till I am gone again, finding tales from overseas to give you at our next opportune time.”

And here I go with the whispers of Lady Poetry, Say: For The One I Lost | A Short Emotional Poem. This came from a moment of thought on the events of the past one year leading up to this time. It was the same time last year, precisely tomorrow, Tuesday and the date after, 06th June that I lost a gem.

Thinking back, I could imagine a world full of people with hidden pains desiring to say if only a word to the one they lost. Perhaps a one-time opportunity to see them again and say that word that we deprive ourselves. This poem is dedicated to those whose pain dims tomorrow, those whose terminal illness clamps hope, and most importantly, those in love who wish to forever pause the moment and burn the memories that sting. It’s not too late to say the word if they’re still with you but if they’d been gone, then whisper these words each time their memories flash at you. Just tell them even in death, I love you. Just say the word.

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The poem goes with a refrain ECHIETEKA, an Igbo word whose meaning suggests “Tomorrow is too far,” inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s “Tomorrow is Too Far” in her novel, The Thing Around Your Neck.” 

Say: For The One I Lost | A Short Emotional Poem

I recoil when I stare at tomorrow,

Echieteka

The pangs that your absence cast,

Echieteka

I shrink for I can’t walk yonder,

Echieteka

For fear of what lurks at the turn of the mile,

Echieteka

Where the cold teeth of loneliness stretch like the devil’s fork of deceit,

Echieteka

This fickle essence of our living,

Echieteka

Wielding hope to sail through morrow,

Echieteka

Would time we never parted,

Echieteka

Only that you were here to smile,

Echieteka

I long to see your face again,

Echieteka

To hold your hands and tell you, you’ll be fine,

Echieteka

To live the moments again and burn the memories,

Echieteka

To promise that I’ll pause tomorrow and make your heart beat forever,

Echieteka

To rewind the morning you left and never returned,

Echieteka

To go back and forth and back in time,

Echieteka

But these I cannot,

Mortal you were, mortal I am,

And the path you traverse, someday I too will,

The end of me I cannot foretell,

So baby let’s pause the moment,

Declare our love far and wide,

Let’s take this tale a story at a time,

Let’s spark the love and burn the hate,

And like an epic trilogy, let’s make this moment leap,

Whatever you say I’ll do,

Even in death, I’ll still say,

I love you.


Want more of these poems? Here’s some you may want to check out.

Sand in Motion: A Reflective Poem on Man

Oblivion: A Case of Love and Hate

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