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PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW

Today, your name appeared on my Facebook list of ‘People You May Know’.

I paused, dragged my breath and scrolled up again.

Facebook doesn’t know that you’re not simply someone I may know; instead you’re someone I know, or thought I knew.

Memories drove me to a those times I have tried to forget, but stick to me like glue. I stare at you – a small square picture staring back at me with bespectacled eyes.

“I’m down with you. I mean I’m with you,” you’d said that day, a stoic expression on your face that made it difficult for me to read your thoughts.

Yet, at the moment these words poured out your mouth, I thought I recognized a painted lie, one that I nonetheless chose to believe.

Spontaneous. That was the excuse you gave to justify your disinterest in everything. How you could be here today, and there tomorrow. Thinking back now, I should have recognized a confused ball of wild human storm behind those glasses. It was there in your eyes though, in the sparkle of tall tales I deliberately ignored it because I didn’t want to upset you.

Each day that passed made me feel like a book you had suddenly got bored of, now left face down, spine flattened from idle waiting. I watched you take my happiness, snuff out what little light was left inside of me. You took my pain and tears and made them a trophy on your shelf.

Staring at you on my Facebook timeline, I wondered if I’ve ever showed up on your wall as one of the people you may know. I wondered if looking into my faux smile and hooded brown eyes ring bring back memories of our time together to you, or if I have become an unwanted memory, abandoned somewhere in the recesses of your mind.

I’m thankful now that I refused to lie down and let you walk all over me, that I was able to break free of your hold on me.

Today, I saw you as people I may know on Facebook. It was shocking, really, because you are someone I know, or thought I knew.

Written by Justin


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Walt Shakes(@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter.

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11 comments

  1. *playing somebody that I used to know by Gotye*

  2. The words of a heart bravely moving on from pain.

  3. This is beautifully crafted. It speaks of truth, our collective truth. A painful truth

  4. Wow!!!!!

  5. Adeleke Julianah

    Hmm…
    This is just…
    No word….

  6. Sad, but beautiful..

  7. Hmmm….we’ve all been there at one time or the other. But we’re still standing!

  8. This is beautiful.
    And sad….

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