The Conversation

“Away from me you drifted gradually; you gave me no quick notice”.
It destroyed the core of me. I lost my focus”.
“Your absence, neglect and indifference,
All driving me into insane solitude”
“I hated it all, I hated existence and also your attitude”

“Your thoughts wrong; Your pride, your downfall
“Short you were, yet I saw you appearing tall.”
“I made you look more and that made you see less”
“To you I concealed my thoughts, true I must confess”

“I have no doubt. its cos of him?”
“Both of you, inseparable; you were like a team”.
“You placed a bulwark when I came close”.
“How much I hate now and then, only God knows”.

“Why did you allow your thoughts to stray”
‘He’, gave me my needles each and everyday”
“You became weak and jealous, your ego held sway.?”
Josh , I never stopped loving, each and every single day”
“My plan was not to leave you”.
“But you made it clear when I wrote you”.
“My letter explained it all”.
“I made it lucid, it was now your call”.

‘Was it my call to make, when you didn’t pick my phone calls, then?”
“Was it my call to make, when you responded not to my kiss then?”
“Was it my call to make when you left and thought of me less?”
“Was it my call to make, when you stopped seeing me? No or Yes!”

“Yes it was, cos I laid out all the cards on the table”.
“Believing that our love for each other will make it able”.
“For me to fight the impending battle and also be stable”.
“You spelled it out loud in your letter ;I was no longer desirable”.

“Don’t blame it on me. Why did you change?”
“And what battle do you want to fight and challenge?”

“Your words are becoming incomprehensible”.
“Didn’t you read the letter?It was legible”.
“Its all written there; its so sensible”.
“Consume it all and believe you me when I say its edible”.

“No! I didn’t read it.
“Cos there was no need for it”.
“Unread, the letter was, cos, I left it”.
“You were clear, your actions said it”.

“Your ego and obstination stronger than an African voodoo”.
“I am sad that I still can’t get to you”.
“I needed time to come in terms with it”.
“At that time, my emotions wasn’t fit”.
“The virus was now my companion”.
“I love you and I didn’t want to give you a different opinion”.

“What are you saying?”
“What virus are you breeding?”

“Have you forgotten my incessant cough?”
“Or the time that my temperature was off”.
“Have you forgotten when I passed out and you thought that it was a bluff?”
“Or when the doctor said ” Time was going to be so rough”.

“Nancy I am still lost and not sure about what you saying”.
“Are you saying there was no one else?”

“No! There was someone else and you allowed ‘It’, to separate us”.
“Its all in the letter. Read it and it will all be revealed to you”.
“Though it is already too late, cos I will soon depart this world for my grave”

“Nancy I never knew. I am truly sorry for being gullible”.
I know the pain inside is so palpable.
“My jealousy, ego and pride, I won’t hold them culpable”.
“I allowed it all to make me lose sight of what I had, they lead me astray”.
“The letter I read not, how I curse that day”.

I am sorry that he wasn’t there for you and for those living with HIV/AIDS, just know that you are not alone. Keep on living.


11 thoughts on “The Conversation” by Onome prince Tadafe (@thaprince)

  1. Roy Udeh-Ubaka (@Roy-journals)

    I enjoyed reading this… I like the message…
    I’m not a great judge of poetry styles but I liked how this flowed. The conversations seemed like they were written by two different people… I liked that…
    Good job.

  2. Onome prince Tadafe (@thaprince)

    @Roy-journals. Thanks bro. Actually this wasn’t how I wanted to write it. Itwas suppose to be a letter to Josh , but instead I turned it out into a converse. I will be writing a a sequel of it.

    Thanks for reading bro.

  3. musite (@musite)

    Another style. I learn yet again. Um sir, shouldn’t it be ‘quit notice’? Ah, bugger that, I totally enjoyed this.

  4. Onome prince Tadafe (@thaprince)

    (@musite): Nah. I meant to say ‘quick notice’, not ‘quit notice’.

    If you read the dialogue you would see that ,”quit notice”, wouldn’t have been appropriate.

    I am glad that you did.

    Thanks for reading.

  5. pierre7154 (@Pierre@7154)

    please and please take all the thanks I have
    for if I had more I would have given it to you
    this poem for long it will serve
    for those whom the virus has made their hearts blue

    Thanks a lot
    very mice a slot

  6. Onome prince Tadafe (@thaprince)

    (@Pierre@7154): I receive the thanks with humility and gratitude.

    Thank you for reading.

  7. He should have read the letter.

  8. @Thaprince. I love this, even though it is a sad piece you found a way to make it pleasant to read with this style of writing.

  9. Ufuoma Otebele (@ufuomaotebele)

    I just found out that I can do this and it works!!! The writing style has me clapping for you. Quick short lines that bore more meanings between Josh and Nancy.

    It’s sad how people don’t read…
    And Ioved that you dedicated this to HIV victims but one question remains, was Josh spared from the Virus?

  10. Onome prince Tadafe (@thaprince)

    (@ufuomaotebele): Yeah he was spared. Fortunately for him he was so bound on safe sex.

    Although its not related in the poem, but thinking bout it now, I wish he did. That would have given it a twist and also made it more tragic

    I am glad that you are impressed with the style. This was not the original concept. It changed when I was writing the piece.

    Thanks for reading.

  11. ivie9ja (@Ivie9ja)

    I’ve never read a poem in this format before, this is one of the best forms of poetic license I have ever seen on NS. As @ufuomaotebele said all you needed to add was whether or not Josh was spared the virus. Good work. I like.

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