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DEAR IFE: A PLEA FOR LOVE

by designedlife-

DEAR IFE: A PLEA FOR LOVE

the horizon like a crumpled apology
is catching fire again

dear Ife,
i smell like your breath
most nights & when the lights
go off i become wet

dear Ife,
i want to write you a poem
you’ll like so much

in the opening line: my hand is a field
growing towards you
there is eternity in your eyes
don’t forget about me

dear Ife
i want to write you a poem
that blossoms without thorns
in painted lips
you are the book of psalms
i repeat
in my sleep

in my corner i listen to you –
sermon of fire
me – a hymnal of
matchsticks

dear Ife
i want to write about your shadow
& footsteps & how they echo
in the back alley of my skull
you are a brief meditation
on a short story
[let me] butterfly stroke for you in the
worst way
this heat makes me want to
touch things that are not mine
pretty jukebox
without you there’s holes in my soul

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21 Comments

  1. Chinua

    Direct and filled with metaphors: a gentle way to plea for love.

    May . 05 . 17
  2. Chinua

    Sweet plea filled with metaphors and similes. Direct and direct.

    May . 05 . 17
  3. Roy

    “There is eternity in your eyes
    Don’t forget about me”

    These lines took me down memory lane. The entire poem is generously beautiful. It paints a picture of a longing, one I’m very painfully familiar with.

    May . 05 . 17
  4. Okafor Abigail Ekene

    This is a masterpiece, I so much love this. A beautiful plea for love

    May . 05 . 17
  5. Paterne Freeman Shadowriter

    Love, a strange feeling. That was a nifty way to plea. Nice piece of poetry.

    May . 05 . 17
  6. Dhee

    Ife is a Yoruba name which literarily means “love”. How apt, that this is a love poem to love. The metaphors are a bastion of imageries, and these imageries serve as the mirror through which we get to understand the depth of the poet persona’s feelings. A beautiful read, with a smooth intensity to it’s tempo and tone.

    May . 05 . 17
  7. Akin

    Good flow, beautiful metaphors, emotionally gripping in its desire and/or sense of longing for love. If I was Ife I would fall in love with this guy, but hey, I’m not even a girl. Brilliant still.

    May . 05 . 17
  8. Vasily Mikhailovich Doestovski

    Metaphors- check
    Imagery- check
    Enjambment- check

    This is what I call a poem.
    Beautiful

    May . 05 . 17
  9. Akeredolu

    This is a very good work from a powerful poet. The diction is carefully selected to reveal a deep sense of adoration and reference for Ife. The metaphors are succulent and sweet.

    May . 05 . 17
  10. UZ

    This is a decent effort.

    May . 05 . 17
  11. teddy ugonna

    its beautifully woven;
    i love the free verse-wow.
    laid back lyrical poetry -echoing the strident pleas men offer to
    their would be loves;
    the poem sings ;
    i give it five stars.

    May . 05 . 17
  12. WL Winter

    I am a published poet in the US, and this poem strikes me as some of the best contemporary poetry I have read lately. This post displays a strikingly original use of language and metaphor, delivered with an unusual sensitivity. Poems like this make me want to read more of the author’s work!

    May . 05 . 17
  13. Brigitte Poirson

    A very moving poem filled with firy metaphors. Unrequited love is an infinite source of inspiration. These verses are a true source of poetry .

    May . 05 . 17
  14. Dilichukwu Alphonsus

    Great sense of appeal. It’s metaphor pierces through the emotional marrows. Wonderful!

    May . 05 . 17
  15. Nur Habib

    Love the simplicity of the words and the sensual imagery employed here. Ife has to pay attention to this heartfelt plea.

    May . 05 . 17
  16. Franklin

    dear ice, “my hand is a field growing towards you” what a genteel way to express love.

    love itself is a poem

    May . 05 . 17
  17. Don Cellini

    Beautiful opening line:the horizon like a crumpled apology
    is catching fire again.
    Many stunning images:my hand is a field
    growing towards you

    May . 05 . 17
  18. Yusuf Lekan

    I love this poem, written with metaphoric emotional feeling, an exceptional way to plead for love.

    May . 05 . 17
  19. Phanie A. Peters

    Lovely. Beautifully put together, avoided the usual dominant use of verbose grammar.
    Nicely done.

    May . 05 . 17
  20. Akpa Arinzechukwu

    Amazing. I believe “Ife” is love in Yoruba — I like the name and how the words allude. Great.

    May . 05 . 17
  21. Wale Ayinla

    This ribbon of love tied me to a kind of feeling I most wish. This is enthralling.

    May . 05 . 17

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