Write a poem in memory of the dead, For me
It’s all to easy, To Watch
My pen bleed on the page, Just as
It was all too easy, To watch
You bleed, as millions get to read
The horrors on the page. Rage
At the ones who are to be blamed
Should be the proper emotion I feel, but
I don’t
That too is all too easy
But if I were to be honest
I don’t
Because my heart’s been seared
I don’t
Feel a thing anymore
And if I were to be honest
I don’t
have a gun
To shoot
At the ones who are to be blamed
So, I won’t pretend as if I understand
Truth is
I don’t
So, this is not a poem
That’s too easy
What’s not too easy though
Is for me to open the valves
Of my heart and let it spill on the page
And that is what this is
It is not a poem
And see
I have no magic words to say
That will make all the pain fade away
For your loved ones, but I pray
Not in a cliche, that’s what we do kind of way
But really
That they find consolation
For their breaking hearts
And for you
That as you
Reach a state of Nirvana
Take a rest as a friend
As an old
Memoria, memoria
Memoria, memoria

13 thoughts on “Memoria” by Ayokunle Falomo (@aryor)

  1. And we remember…

    And we sigh. And grind our teeth.

    And do NOTHING.


  2. This is painful to read jut true. How do we get past this stage of our stasis?

  3. Truth is bitter.

    But it is still the truth!

  4. Sad… confusing… incomprehensible… obscure… illusory… kinda like a nightmare one can’t wake from;
    that’s what this poem tells me; that’s the feeling the news gave me.
    It’s painful.

  5. Awwwwww…so sad,well done

  6. @Seun-Odukoya @Myne @Afronuts @kaycee @chimzorom @obionyinye Thank you guys, I appreciate your comments! Just thought I’d be honest!

  7. You’re really honest. We can never really feel their pain.

  8. yes you are honest- its painful but we shall rise again

  9. @babyada Indeed. If only we really could though!

  10. @mikeeffa Rise again, that’s all we hope for. Thanks for reading!

  11. We can only pretend/imagine that we feel their pain…We have ABSOLUTELY no idea how they feel…
    ‘This is not a poem’, but you conveyed the emotions in an honest way. Well done…$ß.

    1. @sibbylwhyte Definitely true! I really appreciate your comments. Being honest about how I feel is the least I could do at least at an attempt for a real memorial devoid of pretension.

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