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I wish I could nail these hands to the edges of stars

I would sacrifice this body to the sky

Hoping to resurrect as someone spiteful enough to not care about you anymore


Staple me to a cross.

Pierce my side with a broken promise

And I will bleed all the crippled reasons why you deserve one more chance.


Loving you was the last thing I felt really good at.


You want to know how I got these bruises?

I ripped every last piece of you out of my smile.


I whispered you to stardust.


I spoke you into Poison Ivies.


I dipped my hands in forever.

I touched you infinity

Treated you as if you were the last molecule of oxygen inside of a gas chamber

I was good to you.


You want to know how I got these bruises?

I swallowed my pride and then it clawed its way out of my mouth.


I realized I was never really your boyfriend.

I was just your hype man.


I hope your next boyfriend gets smallpox.


Yes, I said smallpox!


I hate you!


But I miss you!


But I love you!


It’s hard for me to count when I get emotional.


I heard that ninety percent of human interaction is non-verbal so…


If I could I would tie your arms to a daydream and then auction you off to my fondest memories

See, I wrote this poem with my own spinal fluid

I put it on the backbone of a white flag

So before you read it, you’ll already know that I’ve given up.

I have kept you here…

Shackled to the most important chapter of my life story

Pressed into the basement of my eyelids like liquid salvation

So I remember you breathtakingly as you are

With amazing strength underneath your wings and an orchid smile

You gorgeous earthquake!

How dare you linger on my lips

And then kiss me like a stuttering apology with excuses stapled to the roof of your mouth.

I still remember you like a dream tattooed to the inner walls of a long term memory

But some days I wonder if you existed at all.


You really want to know how I got these bruises?

I got them the day I fell in love with you.

I landed face first.

Written by Vhar

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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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  1. WOW! This is awesome. This is so so lovely. I’ve missed much. This is inspiring. This is poetry. Now my words have sublimated in the heat of this beautiful work. May I sing it as a tertiary rhyme? Hehehe!

  2. Some lines just sends shivers down your spine. Nice one…

  3. Just lovely…..cant believe I have goosebumps…….I love and love and love it…..Nicely written beautifully delivered and mightily felt….

  4. As always, Vhar does not disappoint.

  5. Ten
    Yes, I said smallpox!
    I hate you!
    But I miss you!
    But I love you!

    LOL. Those lines are a testament of how crushing Love can be. Turning man to a confused mush since 1950

  6. Women have that much power right? To turn men to mush. @vhar, beautiful poem.

  7. Very,very beautiful piece.the thing called love…sigh.

  8. Nice one jare. You do well, wa gbayi.

  9. Aside being a heartbroken letter, this poem is AWESOME!

  10. Impassioned breathings of the heart. Lovely poem, lovely.

  11. And what ex-girl wouldn’t, after reading this piece awesomeness, fall for you if she hadn’t?

  12. superb! I was wondering why u kept counting ten doh…
    P.s…ama steal ya pen soon…lol

  13. how can one so articulately express that which is normally difficult to articulate?! great craft!

  14. Wow!
    Oh boy!
    I just want to keep exclaming!
    This is good…beautiful…heart rending…sad…
    It evokes all shades of emotions..
    Okay, I need to stop

    • Yea you really need to stop @ Topaz

      Nice and articulate Vhar……Emotion laden words. *still in wonder why the potion from FGM to steal your gift for myself has not worked yet*

  15. Wow. Speechless

  16. Lovely piece.i’m gonna read it to someone special tonight

  17. no words.

  18. “Ten

    You really want to know how I got these

    I got them the day I fell in love with you.

    I landed face first.”

    tight ending!
    I luv diz wuk…

  19. Adeleke Julianah

    Wow…some poem this is…

  20. This is the definition of deep and of love. Vhar, you have blown me away. Now i’m just going to lie down and cry.Oh sweet sweet memories of love.

  21. The lines have emotions entwined with them. The poem is telepathic. It literaly transfered those emotions to me. I can feel it too. Awesome piece!

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